sole·​ly | \ ˈsō(l)-lē How to pronounce solely (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Somehow, Irving has gone from being an integral part of last season’s implosion and disappointing season to solely responsible for it., "After Celtics beat Nets, Kyrie Irving takes to social media to answer critics," 28 Nov. 2019 Within the gig economy, workers typically lack the minimum safety nets that are afforded to full-time employees and are solely responsible for their own economic survival. Shainaz Firfiray, Quartz, "The arrival of Uber Works isn’t going to help fix the gig economy," 18 Nov. 2019 The third parties listed are not affiliated with Capital One and are solely responsible for their products and services. Louise Hart, Marie Claire, "What to Get Your Work Bestie for the Holidays," 18 Nov. 2019 These firms are solely responsible for India’s breakthrough in the industrial artificial intelligence (AI) space. Nisha Ramchandani, Quartz India, "Industrial AI is helping the Indian startup industry build a name beyond e-commerce," 12 Nov. 2019 The author is solely responsible for the content above, and it is used here by permission. Chris Mcginnis, Houston Chronicle, "United Airlines 'Star Wars' plane makes maiden flight from Houston's IAH," 8 Nov. 2019 The third parties listed are not affiliated with Capital One and are solely responsible for their products and services. Louise Hart, Town & Country, "4 International Itineraries for a Vacation Fit for a Royal," 7 Nov. 2019 The state is, however, not solely responsible for the chaos; separatists share some of the blame. The Economist, "English-speaking villages are burning in Cameroon," 7 Nov. 2019 Up until that point, ICE had been solely responsible for transporting migrant families, and releasing them in Phoenix and Tucson under its Alternative to Detention program. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "'Overwhelming' rise in family arrivals, dramatic drop caps busy year at the Yuma border," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of solely

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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5 Dec 2019

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“Solely.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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How to pronounce solely (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of solely

: without anything or anyone else involved
: only or just


sole·​ly | \ ˈsōl-lē How to pronounce solely (audio) \

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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