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Definition of the adverb squarely

What does squarely mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. directly and without evasion; not roundabout
    • examples: to face a problem squarely | the responsibility lies squarely with them
    • synonyms of squarely: forthright / forthrightly
  2. in a straight direct way
    • example: looked him squarely in the eye
    • synonym of squarely: square
  3. firmly and solidly
    • examples: hit the ball squarely | the bat met the ball squarely
    • synonym of squarely: square
  4. in a square shape
    • example: a squarely cut piece of paper
    • synonym of squarely: square
  5. with firmness and conviction; without compromise

Alternative definition of the adverb squarely


  1. in the shape of a square; at right angles
  2. firmly and solidly
  3. in a direct, straightforward and honest manner

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for squarely

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Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms (2000)

by Robert Hendrickson

smack Squarely, completely. “We come up with him right smack at the edge o' Juniper Creek.” (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, The Yearling, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Television (2014)

by Horace Newcomb, Lambdin Kay Distinguished Professor for the Peabody Awards Horace Newcomb

Initially competing for the central role were Van Dyke and that other Brubeck hipster grounded squarely in midwestern guilelessness, Johnny Carson (and if truth be known, another prominent casualty of after-hours blackout drinking).

Google previewThe Random House Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (1995)

by Random House, Stephen Elliott

squarely. sunshiny, unbiased 9 beautiful, cloudiess, equitable, ethically. honorable, honorably, impartial ...

Google previewCambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (2008)

fair and square a in an honest way and without any doubt: We won the match fair and square, b uk (us squarely) If you hit someone fair and square on ...

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Squarely Meaning

Video shows what squarely means. in the shape of a square, at right angles. firmly and solidly. in a direct, straightforward and honest manner. Squarely Meaning ...

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Quotes about squarely

The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules - but to win. And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. (Vince Lombardi)
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Scrabble value of S1Q10U1A1R1E1L1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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