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Definition of 'solely'

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Example sentences containing 'solely'

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Those that continue to rely solely on government funding may find themselves starved of money. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Why should they be solely responsible for washing and cleaning and childcare? Times, Sunday Times (2011)Promotion is based solely upon objective qualities and standards. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The blame would lie solely with the perpetrator. The Sun (2014)They often reach verdicts by relying solely on police reports. The Sun (2015)The banks are not solely responsible for this. Times, Sunday Times (2014)She says that screen exposure is not solely to blame but compounds vulnerabilities in teenage minds. Times, Sunday Times (2010)She wants to study for her future rather than rely solely on a husband. The Sun (2012)He spared one captive solely so he could go back and tell his friends. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It would be wrong solely to blame social workers for these ills. Times, Sunday Times (2011)More than half the people we spoke to here rely solely on benefits. The Sun (2014)Decades studying transport accidents have taught us that one person is seldom solely to blame. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They were almost personally and solely responsible for maintaining the value of the savings and debts of their nations. Times, Sunday Times (2009)In the classic pyramid scheme, participants attempt to make money solely by recruiting new participants. Christianity Today (2000)Build a foreign policy designed solely to make America more secure and more prosperous. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The students end up with real-life experience of business planning and running an enterprise rather than something solely theoretical. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This no longer depended upon position in a military hierarchy, but solely upon the conduct of an individual leader. Max Hastings Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 194445 (2007)It's hoping it is from a company that exists solely to make coats for the Pope. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Britain's presence in India was founded solely upon superior force and the pursuit of profit. Times, Sunday Times (2006)And indeed it is, if looked upon as compensation solely for that 15-minute conversation. Pantano, James A. (MD) Living with Angina (1991)She had thought that the sun had singled her out, given her something solely her own, for reasons she could not guess at. Travers, P L What the Bee Knows - reflections on myth, symbol and story (1989)

Synonyms of 'solely'

only, completely, entirely, exclusively

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Translations for 'solely'

British English: solely ADVERB
If something involves solely one thing, it involves only this thing and no others.
Too often we make decisions based solely upon what we see in the magazines.

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