Definition of solely in US 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 equivalent game a year earlier is remembered fondly, if solely for a negative reason.’
    • ‘The scheme may be designed solely for the use of the residents or it may involve shared use.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jorge admits he finds it difficult to survive on the wage earned solely from busking.’
    • ‘It is simply not true that smoking is solely responsible for the current cancer epidemic.’
    • ‘The dolls themselves are now made solely for the tourist interior design market.’
    • ‘The reality is he was an intelligent, devious businessman who was in it solely for his own profit.’
    • ‘Should the rightness of an action be based solely on the inherent morality of the action itself?’
    • ‘Gone are the days, she says, when this was a pastime solely for the landed gentry.’
    • ‘Many of the locals we met along the trail were there solely to cater to the needs of trekkers.’
    • ‘Mood swings may not solely be affected by certain foods but also by the lack of appropriate ones.’
    • ‘The event tomorrow will be solely dedicated to writers and publishers who are based in the county.’
    • ‘The choir is still based at the school, which is now solely used as a church.’
    • ‘Does he seriously think that anyone believes we rely solely on the wind to light our streets?’
    • ‘She said all letters from the department were addressed solely to her husband.’
    • ‘As I tell my own children, politics is too important to be left solely to the politicians.’
    • ‘To have a true belief is simply and solely to believe that something is so, and to be in fact right.’
    • ‘He then joined the army, motivated solely by a desire to learn combat and survival skills.’
    • ‘It is also worth remembering that drugs are not a problem that can be tackled solely by the police.’
    • ‘The score is solely based on the number of questions you answer before realising it's a trick.’
    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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