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Solely (O. Edd. sometimes solie or soly) adj. and adv. 1) alone in one's kind, having no equal, unique: “I think him a great way fool, s. a coward,” All's I, 1, 112. “s. singular,” Rom. II, 4, 69. “which shall to all our nights and days to come give s. sovereign sway and masterdom,” Mcb. I, 5, 71.
2) alone: “leave me s.” Wint. II, 3, 17. “to him had left it s.” Cor. IV, 7, 16. “honour's thought reigns s. in the breast of every man,” H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. not s. == not alone, not only: “I am not s. led by nice direction of a maiden's eyes,” Merch. II, 1, 13.
3) only: “left s. heir to all his lands,” Shr. II, 118.
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