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English adjective: solitary

1. solitary characterized by or preferring solitude


SamplesA lone wolf.
A lonely existence.
A man of a solitary disposition.
A solitary walk.


Synonymslone, lonely


Similarunsocial


Antonymssocial

2. solitary of plants and animals; not growing or living in groups or colonies


SamplesSolitary bees.


Synonymsnongregarious, nonsocial


Similarungregarious


Antonymsgregarious

3. solitary lacking companions or companionship


SamplesHe was alone when we met him.
She is alone much of the time.
The lone skier on the mountain.
A lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel.
A lonely soul.
A solitary traveler.


Synonymsalone, lone, lonely


Similarunaccompanied


Antonymsaccompanied

4. solitary being the only one; single and isolated from others


SamplesThe lone doctor in the entire county.
A lonesome pine.
An only child.
The sole heir.
The sole example.
A solitary instance of cowardice.
A solitary speck in the sky.


Synonymslone, lonesome, only, sole


Similarsingle


Antonymsmultiple

5. solitary devoid of creatures


SamplesA lonely crossroads.
A solitary retreat.
A trail leading to an unfrequented lake.


Synonymslonely, unfrequented


Similaruninhabited


Antonymsinhabited


English noun: solitary

1. solitary (state) confinement of a prisoner in isolation from other prisoners


SamplesHe was held in solitary.


Synonymssolitary confinement


Broader (hypernym)confinement

2. solitary (person) one who lives in solitude


Synonymshermit, recluse, solitudinarian, troglodyte


Broader (hypernym)lone hand, lone wolf, loner


Instance hyponymJohn the Baptist, St. John the Baptist









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