Essential Meaning of sole
1 : only or single He became the sole heir to the property. the sole owner See More ExamplesThe sole aim/objective/purpose of the program is to help the poor. She was the sole survivor of the tragedy. Icy roads were the sole cause of the accident.
2 : belonging only to the person or group specified She has the sole authority to hire new staff members. [=only she can hire new staff members] He has sole jurisdiction of the area.
Full Definition of sole
(Entry 1 of 4)
1a : being the only one she was her mother's sole support
b : having no sharer
2 : functioning independently and without assistance or interference let conscience be the sole judge
3 : belonging exclusively or otherwise limited to one usually specified individual, unit, or group
4 : not married —used chiefly of women
5 archaic : having no companion : solitary
Definition of sole (Entry 2 of 4)
1a : the undersurface of a foot
b : the part of an item of footwear on which the sole rests and upon which the wearer treads
2 : the usually flat or flattened bottom or lower part of something or the base on which something rests
Definition of sole (Entry 3 of 4)
1 : to furnish with a sole sole a shoe
2 : to place the sole of (a golf club) on the ground
Definition of sole (Entry 4 of 4)
: any of various flatfishes (family Soleidae) having a small mouth, small or rudimentary fins, and small eyes placed close together and including important food fishes (such as the European Dover sole) also : any of various mostly market flatfishes (such as lemon sole) of other families (such as Pleuronectidae)
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