Meaning of “solitary” in the English Dictionary

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"solitary" in British English

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uk /ˈsɒl.ɪ.tər.i/ us /ˈsɑː.lə.ter.i/

C2 A solitary person or thing is the only person or thing in a place:

On the hill, a solitary figure was busy chopping down trees.
In the distance was a solitary building.
He was a solitary child (= he enjoyed being alone).

C2 done alone:

solitary walks by the river
fishing and other solitary pastimes

(Definition of “solitary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈsɑl·əˌter·i/

being the only one, or not being with other similar things, often by choice:

I live a solitary life.
He enjoys solitary walks in the wilderness.

(Definition of “solitary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)