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1. Existing, living, or going without others; alone: a solitary traveler. See Synonyms at alone.
2. Happening, done, or made alone: a solitary evening; solitary pursuits such as reading and sewing.
3. Remote from civilization; secluded: a solitary retreat.
4. Zoology Living alone or in pairs only: solitary wasps; solitary sparrows.
5. Single and set apart from others: a solitary instance of cowardice.
n. pl. sol·i·tar·ies
1. A person who lives alone; a recluse.
2. Solitary confinement.

[Middle English, from Old French solitaire, from Latin sōlitārius, from sōlitās, solitude, from sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]

sol′i·tar′i·ly (-târ′ə-lē) adv.
sol′i·tar′i·ness n.
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Adv.1.solitarily - in solitude; "a hermit chooses to live solitarily"


Without the presence or aid of another:
Idioms: all by one's lonesome, by oneself.
References in classic literature ?
The good MacW- would not even come out to his meals, and fed solitarily in his holy of holies from a tray covered with a white napkin.
She came solitarily down the gravel walka Miss Martin just appearing at the door, and parting with her seemingly with ceremonious civility.
Therefore, on the day when this plan slowly and solitarily ripened, shall break forth, it will break forthwith all the conditions of success which always accompany an unforeseen event.
The freshness of the day, the singing of the birds, the beauty of the waving grass, the deep green leaves, the wild flowers, and the thousand exquisite scents and sounds that floated in the air-- deep joys to most of us, but most of all to those whose life is in a crowd or who live solitarily in great cities as in the bucket of a human well--sunk into their breasts and made them very glad.
We say the gravel he trod under his feet, for D'Artagnan made these reflections while walking solitarily along a pretty little road which led from the camp to the village of Angoutin.
d'Artagnan, to forcing him to travel two hundred leagues solitarily to reach home at La Fere; will you not, Raoul?
Chairman KC-EU expressed solitarily with the oppressed people of the world and asked all nations of the world say 'No to Hatred and Extremism'.
Ang was then solitarily confined in a small cell while Espinoza was handcuffed inside a room.
Exclusively online radicalization is typically found among individuals who radicalized solitarily as well as among those who radicalized as part of small clutches of people geographically dispersed across the national territory and who never met in person, at least before actual involvement in terrorism-related activities.
Yasui's family was held in internment camps after Executive Order 9066 was signed, and he was solitarily confined for nine months in Multnomah County Jail when he purposefully broke Japanese-American curfew to protest racist laws in 1942.
Instead, they spontaneously started to play with the bird next to them, or played solitarily in the air or with an object.
PAPs [greater than or equal to]35mmHg and an E/E' ratio of 50% confirm the fact that the PH was solitarily arterial.