ex·​clu·​sive·​ly | \ ik-ˈsklü-siv-lē How to pronounce exclusively (audio) , -ziv- \

Definition of exclusively

: in an exclusive manner : in a way limited to a single person, group, category, method, etc. an exclusively male/female clientele I started working exclusively as an actor when I was 25 years old, and I had a good life.— Bryan Cranston With richer soil than New England, the Middle Colonies devoted themselves more exclusively to agriculture.— Harold Underwood Faulkner et al. "In some industries," says [Larry] Page, who spoke exclusively with TIME about the new venture, "it takes 10 or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real …"— Harry McCracken and Lev Grossman

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First Known Use of exclusively

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exclusively was in 1650

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“Exclusively.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusively. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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