square·​ly | \ ˈskwer-lē How to pronounce squarely (audio) \

Definition of squarely

1 : in a straightforward or honest manner we must squarely face the issue
2a : 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

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Examples of squarely in a Sentence

We must face these problems squarely. It's time to deal squarely with the facts. literature that is squarely in the American tradition Their marketing campaign is aimed squarely at adolescents. The dart hit the board squarely in the middle. Look me squarely in the eye and tell me you're not lying. He hit the ball squarely. Her feet were squarely planted.
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Recent Examples on the Web While analysts agree that the new privacy changes seemed squarely aimed at its competitors, Cook contended in a podcast interview this month with New York Times columnist Kara Swisher that the changes are not focused on any particular company. Angel Au-yeung, Forbes, "Apple Forces Competitors To Play By Its Rules With A New Operating System," 20 Apr. 2021 Juggernauts like Fifty Shades nabbed film adaptations, but predominantly, romance readers had to settle for the likes of chaste, low-budget Lacey Chabert Hallmark vehicles aimed squarely at a lily-white demographic. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Romancing the Screen: Could a Bridgerton effect give the romance genre a Hollywood ending?," 14 Apr. 2021 Ever since service cuts arrived in proximity to November’s presidential election, criticism has been aimed squarely at Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimoreans bemoan continued mail delays as postmaster general touts new 10-year service plan," 13 Apr. 2021 Fans raved about the sedan, aimed squarely at sensible buyers who wanted a practical vehicle. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Why America needs the $112,000 electric Hummer," 7 Apr. 2021 It’s these true-native Texans who are refashioning those tired tropes, all while steering the state leftward, toward a more multiethnic polity aimed squarely against the authoritarian rot at the heart of the Texas Republican Party. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "The Republican Poseurs Who Claim to Be True Texans," 30 Mar. 2021 Anna Mae Bullock was a sharecropper’s daughter from Nutbush, Tenn., who carried an entire gospel choir in her voice; the Ike & Tina Revue was Black R&B tuned to machine precision and aimed squarely at first Black and then white audiences. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Tina,’ on HBO, shows how Anna Mae Bullock became Tina Turner," 24 Mar. 2021 The proposal is the latest DeSantis initiative that appears aimed squarely at pleasing conservatives in advance of not only his 2022 reelection campaign but also a potential 2024 Republican bid for president. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "DeSantis calls for $3,000 bonuses for Florida teachers who complete civics education training," 17 Mar. 2021 But the focus of the district is squarely on its central Akard plaza. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "With AT&T’s $100 million Discovery District, Dallas gets a mini Times Square," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of squarely

1564, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of squarely was in 1564

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5 May 2021

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“Squarely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squarely. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of squarely

: 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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