squarely

adverb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Last year, over her objections, city leaders awarded healthy raises to police officers and increased the size of the LAPD budget, leaving Abdullah squarely in the role of outside agitator. Jamil Smith, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2024 Voters usually focus squarely on the presidential nominees. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 26 June 2024 This year’s push from the left came after a string of victories in recent memory — with the ascension of progressive superstar Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez foremost among them — and the rise of centrist Mayor Adams squarely falling into the loss column from their perspective. Michael Gartland, New York Daily News, 26 June 2024 Perhaps there was a gray area between news and propaganda, Lippmann admitted, but the publicity man was squarely on the side of propaganda. Annalee Newitz, Scientific American, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for squarely 

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Word History

First Known Use

1564, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of squarely was in 1564

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“Squarely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squarely. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

squarely

adverb
square·​ly
1
: in a plain or honest manner
we must squarely face the problem
2
a
: exactly sense 1a, precisely
squarely in the middle
b
: so as to make solid contact
hit the ball squarely
3
: in a square form or manner : so as to be square
a squarely cut dress

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