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: being, living, or going alone or without companions
: saddened by isolation
: taken, passed, or performed without companions
a solitary ramble
: keeping a prisoner apart from others
: being at once single and isolated
a solitary example
: occurring singly and not as part of a group or cluster
flowers terminal and solitary
: not gregarious, colonial, social, or compound
: solitary confinement in prison
put him in solitary
Adjective He took a solitary walk on the beach. A solitary house stood on top of the cliff. Most cats are solitary creatures. He's a very solitary man. Noun The prisoner was kept in solitary. weary of European civilization, the painter Paul Gauguin famously abandoned France to become a solitary in the South Seas See More
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AdjectiveHowever, a sitooterie isn’t necessarily a solitary place: With plenty of spots to curl up, chill, and enjoy the outdoors, a sitooterie is a perfect gathering space with friends and family for food, drinks, and plenty of conversation. —Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Mar. 2023 Feeling emphatically, dizzyingly grateful to be a solitary whole, not a half of something else. —Eliza Dumais, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2023 There’s rich whole milk (life’s too short for skim), a solitary egg and two — that’s right, two — sticks of oh-so-sweet cream butter. —Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2023 These solitary blooms like to pop up in wooded areas. —Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 4 Feb. 2023 The Neanderthals likely used thrusting and throwing spears, which have been found at another site in Germany, to target male elephants because of their larger size and solitary behavior, said study coauthor Wil Roebroeks, a professor of Paleolithic archaeology at Leiden University in Germany. —Katie Hunt, CNN, 2 Feb. 2023 At mink farms, thousands of such solitary carnivores are forced to live together, creating ideal conditions for the avian virus to adapt to mammals. —Bykai Kupferschmidt, science.org, 24 Jan. 2023 Director Sarah Polley seems to have taken the news in good humor, but combined with last week’s poor showing at the guilds, a film that once appeared a top-level contender may have to content itself with a solitary Adapted Screenplay nod. —Nate Jones, Vulture, 20 Jan. 2023 Actually, quite the opposite: Banshees is set to be her solitary IMDb credit. —Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Jan. 2023
NounOne man was taken to solitary to pressure him to end his hunger strike. —María Inés Taracena, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2023 Guilt, confession, penitence — this legacy vocabulary of criminal justice calls back to a time when confinement was about reform and salvation, before modern punishment turned exclusively on physical torture, the amateur savagery of shower-rape jokes, random beat-downs, the cruelty of solitary. —New York Times, 7 June 2022 Their solitary and, as Sonya sees it, sublime, life involves many mini-adventures and nesting at home in front of the TV. —Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2021 A couple teach their young son to ride his bike in the deserted parking lot, while a solitary can rattles down the road. —Marcus Barnes, Billboard, 23 Oct. 2020 With its sprawling freeways and solitary, car-centric culture, Los Angeles is not known as an easy place to make friends. —Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Witnesses at the hearing told the committee that any time in solitary can be life-altering. —Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2022 How has your thinking about reading as a solitary or a social act evolved during this time? —Eve Bowen, The New York Review of Books, 5 Mar. 2022 In retaliation, Cohen says he was sent back to prison and spent 16 days in solitary until a federal judge intervened. —Dan Berman, CNN, 12 Feb. 2022 See More
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