solely

adverb sole·ly \ ˈsō(l)-lē \
Updated on: 23 May 2018
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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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solely Synonyms

Related Words

individually, separately;

solo;

Phrases

by one's own bootstraps, on one's own, on one's own hook, on one's own initiative;


SOLELY Defined for English Language Learners

solely

  • : without anything or anyone else involved

  • : only or just


SOLELY Defined for Kids

solely

adverb sole·ly \ ˈsōl-lē \
1 : without another involved : alone
  • The decision is solely yours.
2 : 2only 2
  • Sort the blocks solely by color.


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