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adverb sole·ly \ ˈsō(l)-lē \

Definition of solely

1 :without another :singly
  • went solely on her way
2 :to the exclusion of all else
  • done solely for money

Examples of solely in a Sentence

  1. His rank was based solely on merit.

  2. You will be held solely responsible for any damage.

  3. She did not write solely for money.

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First Known Use of solely

15th century


SOLELY Defined for English Language Learners

solely

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Definition of solely for English Language Learners

  • : without anything or anyone else involved

  • : only or just


SOLELY Defined for Kids

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adverb sole·ly \ ˈsōl-lē \

Definition of solely for Students

1 :without another involved :alone
  • The decision is solely yours.
2 :2only 2
  • Sort the blocks solely by color.


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