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adjective solitary pronunciation in British English /ˈsɒlət(ə)ri/
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  1. 1
    tending to spend a lot of time alone
    a largely solitary bird
    1. a.
      in a place or situation where there are no other people
      the solitary inhabitant of the island
      A solitary policeman stood at the gate.
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    2. b.
      done or experienced by someone who is alone
      Mathematical research is a largely solitary pursuit.
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  2. 2
    [always in negatives] used for emphasizing that there is not even one person or thing
    He didn’t say a single solitary word to me all evening.


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