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SQUARELY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does squarely mean? 

SQUARELY (adverb)
  The adverb SQUARELY has 5 senses:

1. directly and without evasion; not roundabout
2. in a straight direct way
3. firmly and solidly
4. in a square shape
5. with firmness and conviction; without compromise

  Familiarity information: SQUARELY used as an adverb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SQUARELY (adverb)


Sense 1squarely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Directly and without evasion; not roundabout

Synonyms:

forthright; forthrightly; squarely

Context examples:

to face a problem squarely / the responsibility lies squarely with them / spoke forthright (or forthrightly) and to the point

Pertainym:

square (without evasion or compromise)


Sense 2squarely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a straight direct way

Synonyms:

square; squarely

Context examples:

looked him squarely in the eye / ran square into me


Sense 3squarely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Firmly and solidly

Synonyms:

square; squarely

Context examples:

hit the ball squarely / the bat met the ball squarely / planted his great bulk square before his enemy


Sense 4squarely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a square shape

Synonyms:

square; squarely

Context examples:

a squarely cut piece of paper / folded the sheet of paper square

Pertainym:

square (having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle)


Sense 5squarely [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With firmness and conviction; without compromise

Synonyms:

straightforwardly; foursquare; squarely

Context examples:

he stood foursquare for religious liberty and toleration / dealt straightforwardly with all issues


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