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

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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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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11 May 2022

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“Solely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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