sole Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “sole” in the English Dictionary

"sole" in British English

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soleadjective [before noun]

uk   /səʊl/  us   /soʊl/
C1 being one only; ​single: My sole ​objective is to make the ​information more ​widelyavailable. The sole survivor of the ​accident was ​found in the ​water after six ​hours.C1 not ​shared with anyone ​else: She has sole responsibility for the ​project. I have sole ​charge of both ​children all ​day.
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solenoun [C]

uk   /səʊl/  us   /soʊl/

sole noun [C] (FOOT)

(plural soles) the ​bottompart of the ​foot that ​touches the ​ground when you ​stand or ​walk, or the ​bottompart of a ​shoe that ​touches the ​ground, usually not ​including the heel: a ​cut on the sole of her ​foot shoes with ​rubber soles

sole noun [C] (FISH)

(plural sole) one of a ​number of ​flat, round ​fish that are ​eaten as ​food: lemon sole Dover sole

soleverb [T]

uk   /səʊl/  us   /soʊl/
to put a new sole on a ​shoe
suffix uk   us   /-d/
leather-soled ​shoes
(Definition of sole from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sole" in American English

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soleadjective [not gradable]

 us   /soʊl/

sole adjective [not gradable] (ONLY)

being the only one; ​single: She is the sole ​survivor of the ​accident. Sole also ​meansbelonging to one ​person or ​group: The ​team moved into sole ​possession of first ​place.
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈsoʊl·li/
These ​industries aren’t solely ​responsible for ​hazardouswastes.


 us   /soʊl/


[C] the ​bottompart of a ​foot which ​touches the ​ground when you ​stand or ​walk, or the ​frontpart of the ​bottom of a ​shoe: shoes with ​leather/​rubber soles

sole noun (FISH)

[C/U] (plural sole) a ​flat, round ​fish that is ​eaten as ​food
(Definition of sole from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sole" in Business English

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soleadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /səʊl/
being the only one: Investment ​trusts are ​companies whose sole ​business is ​investing.sole owner/director A ​company which has a sole ​director is ​required to have another ​person as its ​companysecretary. The ​deal makes the ​bank the company's sole ​agent in the ​region. The University is North America's sole ​supplier of an antibiotic to ​treat tuberculosis.
not ​shared with anyone else: UK ​employers are far too powerful to ​accept sole ​responsibility for ​employees' ​pensions.
(Definition of sole from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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