[ skwair-lee ]
/ ˈskwɛər li /
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in a square shape, form, or manner.
directly; without evasion; in a straight or straightforward manner: to face a problem squarely.
in an honest or open manner; fairly.
in a clear manner; unequivocally: Our faith is based squarely on a commitment to the rights of all human beings.
firmly; so as to come into direct contact: The ball struck him squarely in the face.
in the exact place that is specified; exactly: The house sat squarely in the middle of the park.



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Origin of squarely

First recorded in 1550–60; square + -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for squarely

/ (ˈskwɛəlɪ) /


in a direct way; straighthe hit me squarely on the nose
in an honest, frank, and just manner
at right angles
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