AskDefine | Define squarely

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squarely adv
1 directly and without evasion; not roundabout; "to face a problem squarely"; "the responsibility lies squarely with them"; "spoke forthright (or forthrightly) and to the point" [syn: forthrightly, forthright]
2 in a straight direct way; "looked him squarely in the eye"; "ran square into me" [syn: square]
3 firmly and solidly; "hit the ball squarely"; "the bat met the ball squarely"; "planted his great bulk square before his enemy" [syn: square]
4 with honesty and fairness; "dealt squarely with his customers"; "always treated me square" [syn: square]
5 in a square shape; "a squarely cut piece of paper"; "folded the sheet of paper square" [syn: square]
6 with firmness and conviction; without compromise; "he stood foursquare for religious liberty and toleration"- C.G.Bowers; "dealt straightforwardly with all issues" [syn: foursquare, straightforwardly]

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  1. in the shape of a square; at right angles
  2. firmly and solidly
  3. in a direct, straightforward and honest manner

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absolutely, accurately, bang, dead, definitely, directly, equally, even, exactly, expressly, faithfully, fifty-fifty, flush, full, in all respects, in every respect, ipsissimis verbis, just, kerplunk, literally, literatim, plop, plumb, plump, plunk, point-blank, positively, precisely, right, rigidly, rigorously, sharp, smack, smack-dab, spang, square, straight, strictly, to the letter, undeviatingly, unerringly, verbally, verbatim, verbatim et litteratim, word by word, word for word
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