Definition of solely in English:



  • Not involving anyone or anything else; only.

    ‘he is solely responsible for any debts the company may incur’
    ‘people are appointed solely on the basis of merit’
    • ‘The dolls themselves are now made solely for the tourist interior design market.’
    • ‘The choir is still based at the school, which is now solely used as a church.’
    • ‘The equivalent game a year earlier is remembered fondly, if solely for a negative reason.’
    • ‘As I tell my own children, politics is too important to be left solely to the politicians.’
    • ‘The event tomorrow will be solely dedicated to writers and publishers who are based in the county.’
    • ‘He then joined the army, motivated solely by a desire to learn combat and survival skills.’
    • ‘Mood swings may not solely be affected by certain foods but also by the lack of appropriate ones.’
    • ‘Gone are the days, she says, when this was a pastime solely for the landed gentry.’
    • ‘Jorge admits he finds it difficult to survive on the wage earned solely from busking.’
    • ‘It is also worth remembering that drugs are not a problem that can be tackled solely by the police.’
    • ‘It is simply not true that smoking is solely responsible for the current cancer epidemic.’
    • ‘To have a true belief is simply and solely to believe that something is so, and to be in fact right.’
    • ‘Does he seriously think that anyone believes we rely solely on the wind to light our streets?’
    • ‘The scheme may be designed solely for the use of the residents or it may involve shared use.’
    • ‘The reality is he was an intelligent, devious businessman who was in it solely for his own profit.’
    • ‘It is very much a case of residents now moving out of the city and I fear it will soon become solely a student area.’
    • ‘Should the rightness of an action be based solely on the inherent morality of the action itself?’
    • ‘The score is solely based on the number of questions you answer before realising it's a trick.’
    • ‘She said all letters from the department were addressed solely to her husband.’
    • ‘Many of the locals we met along the trail were there solely to cater to the needs of trekkers.’
    only, simply, just, merely, uniquely, exclusively, entirely, completely, absolutely, totally, wholly, alone, no more than, to the exclusion of everyone else, to the exclusion of everything else
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