squarely

adverb square·ly \ ˈskwer-lē \
|Updated on: 1 Aug 2018

Definition of squarely

1 : in a straightforward or honest manner
  • we must squarely face the issue
2 a : exactly, precisely
  • squarely in the middle
b : so as to make solid contact
  • hit the ball squarely
  • feet squarely planted
3 : in a square form or manner : so as to be square
  • a squarely cut dress
4 : in a plain or unequivocal manner
  • the responsibility lies squarely with us
  • align ourselves squarely with our allies

Examples of squarely in a Sentence

  1. We must face these problems squarely.

  2. It's time to deal squarely with the facts.

  3. literature that is squarely in the American tradition

  4. Their marketing campaign is aimed squarely at adolescents.

  5. The dart hit the board squarely in the middle.

  6. Look me squarely in the eye and tell me you're not lying.

  7. He hit the ball squarely.

  8. Her feet were squarely planted.

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First Known Use of squarely

1564

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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squarely Synonyms

Phrases

on the button, on the nose;


SQUARELY Defined for English Language Learners

squarely

Definition of squarely for English Language Learners

  • : in a direct and honest way

  • : in the exact location or position that is mentioned ,

  • : in a way that makes direct contact



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