squarely
adverb Date: 1564 1. in a straightforward or honest manner <
we must squarely face the issue
>
2. a. exactly, precisely <
squarely in the middle
>
b. so as to make solid contact <
hit the ball squarely
>
<
feet squarely planted
>
3. in a square form or manner ; so as to be square <
a squarely cut dress
>
4. in a plain or unequivocal manner <
the responsibility lies squarely with us
>
<
align ourselves squarely with our allies
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Squarely — Square ly, adv. In a square form or manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • squarely — 1540s, of multiplication, from SQUARE (Cf. square) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). From 1560s as “in a straightforward manner;” meaning “firmly, solidly” is from 1860 …   Etymology dictionary

  • squarely — ► ADVERB ▪ without deviation or equivocation; directly …   English terms dictionary

  • squarely — [[t]skwe͟ə(r)li[/t]] 1) ADV: ADV with v Squarely means directly or in the middle, rather than indirectly or at an angle. I kept the gun aimed squarely at his eyes. Syn: directly 2) ADV: ADV with v If something such as blame or responsibility lies …   English dictionary

  • squarely — adverb 1. directly and without evasion; not roundabout (Freq. 3) to face a problem squarely the responsibility lies squarely with them spoke forthright (or forthrightly) and to the point • Syn: ↑forthrightly, ↑forthright …   Useful english dictionary

  • squarely — square|ly [ˈskweəli US ˈskwer ] adv 1.) directly and firmly ▪ He turned and faced her squarely. ▪ She hit him squarely on the nose. 2.) completely and with no doubt ▪ The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the police. 3.) straight on… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • squarely — square|ly [ skwerli ] adverb 1. ) in a clear and definite way: Responsibility for it still rested squarely on her shoulders. 2. ) directly: He turned to meet the man s eyes squarely. The camera had caught the six men squarely in its lens …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • squarely — adverb (only after verb) 1 directly and firmly; square 4 (1): He turned and faced her squarely. 2 completely and with no doubt: The report puts the blame squarely on the government. 3 straight on something and centrally; square 4 (2): Dr Soames… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • squarely — UK [ˈskweə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈskwerlɪ] adverb 1) in a clear and definite way Responsibility for it still rested squarely on her shoulders. 2) directly He turned to meet the man s eyes squarely. The camera had caught the six men squarely in its lens …   English dictionary

  • squarely — [ˈskweəli] adv 1) in a clear and definite way Responsibility for it rested squarely on her shoulders.[/ex] 2) directly She turned and looked him squarely in the eye.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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