sole·ly | \ ˈsō(l)-lē \

Definition of solely 

1 : to the exclusion of all else done solely for money

2 : without another : singly went solely on her way

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Examples of solely in a Sentence

His rank was based solely on merit. You will be held solely responsible for any damage. She did not write solely for money.
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The team’s findings suggest that modern American dogs are descended solely from Eurasian breeds introduced by European settlers. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "European Dogs Devastated Indigenous American Pup Populations," 6 July 2018 Prior to today, the investigation focused solely on Cambridge Analytica and did not include Facebook itself. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Federal investigators want to know if Facebook lied about Cambridge Analytica," 2 July 2018 As Recode reported in April, the firm was working this spring to create a new fund to focus solely on crypto deals. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Andreessen Horowitz has finally hired a woman as a general partner, as it also officially debuts a crypto fund," 25 June 2018 General Electric is solely responsible for those damages. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "Federal jury awards $45 million to company suing DWP," 6 June 2018 Not everyone is here for the medical aspect of this but that’s solely our focus. Marco Santana,, "Marijuana advocates promote education amidst growing legalization push," 14 July 2018 Of the 24 level III and IV stroke centers, all but one earned its designation solely from the state, a process that cost them about $3,000 to cover an inspector’s visit. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Hospitals fear Parson budget cut could endanger stroke, heart attack, trauma patients," 13 July 2018 The mutual-fund unit, which manages solely active funds, brought in $997 million in the month of June and had net inflows of $17.95 billion in the first half of this year, according to Morningstar. Justin Baer, WSJ, "The Investor Fever for Passive Funds Is Cooling in 2018," 13 July 2018 According to data compiled by Jonathan Rodden of Stanford, nearly half the variance in the county-level vote shares in the presidential election of 2016 could be explained solely by their number of voters per square kilometre. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of solely

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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sole leather




solemn form


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The first known use of solely was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of solely

: without anything or anyone else involved

: only or just


sole·ly | \ ˈsōl-lē \

Kids Definition of solely

1 : without another involved : alone The decision is solely yours.

2 : only entry 2 sense 2 Sort the blocks solely by color.

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