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solitary

sol·i·tar·y

solitary

 
pronunciation:
sa l teI ri
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: being, traveling, or living without others; alone; unaccompanied.
Wolves are not solitary animals; they live and travel in packs.
 
synonyms:
alone, lone, lonely, only, unaccompanied, unsociable
antonyms:
accompanied, gregarious, social
similar words:
independent, individual, isolated, one, reclusive, separate, single, sole
definition 2: occurring or done without the company of others.
She hasn't spent a solitary evening since she got back to campus.Embroidery tends to be a solitary pastime.
synonyms:
solo
similar words:
alone, individual, isolated, lonely, single-handed, unaccompanied
definition 3: in a remote or lonely location.
We found a solitary glade in the forest where we camped for the night.
synonyms:
isolated, lone, out-of-the-way, secluded
antonyms:
accessible
similar words:
alone, apart, cloistered, deserted, hidden, lonely, private, remote
definition 4: single or only; lone.
His study was his solitary refuge from cares.
synonyms:
lone, one, only, single, sole
similar words:
alone, exclusive, individual, isolated, odd, singular, unique
 
part of speech: noun
inflections: solitaries
definition 1: one who lives alone; one who chooses to be isolated from others.
My uncle had been a solitary, and I hardly knew him.
synonyms:
anchorite, eremite, hermit, lone wolf, recluse
definition 2: (informal) the confinement of one person in an isolated enclosure, as in a prison cell; solitary confinement.
The prisoner spent two weeks in solitary.
synonyms:
isolation
similar words:
hole
derivations: solitarily (adv.), solitariness (n.)
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The word solitary contains the following parts:
sol2, soli Latin root that means alone
-ary1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means like, of, related to
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The suffix -ary1 attaches to Latin roots (e.g., primary , literary ) and to nouns (e.g., cautionary , fragmentary ), forming adjectives.