sole meaning, sole definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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sole  

  ( soles    plural  )
1       adj   The sole thing or person of a particular type is the only one of that type.  
ADJ n   (=only)  
Their sole aim is to destabilize the Indian government.     
2       adj   If you have sole charge or ownership of something, you are the only person in charge of it or who owns it.  
ADJ n  
Many women are left as the sole providers in families after their husband has died..., Chief Hart had sole control over that fund.     
3       n-count   The sole of your foot or of a shoe or sock is the underneath surface of it.  
usu with supp  
...shoes with rubber soles..., He had burned the sole of his foot.     
4       n-count   A sole is a kind of flat fish that you can eat.  
      Sole is this fish eaten as food., n-uncount  


sole proprietor        ( sole proprietors    plural  ) The sole proprietor of a business is the owner of the business, when it is owned by only one person.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
...a firm of solicitors of which he was the sole proprietor.     
sole trader        ( sole traders    plural  ) A sole trader is a person who owns their own business and does not have a partner or any shareholders.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
Finance for a sole trader usually comes from the individual's own savings or from family and friends.     
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sole  

  
alone, exclusive, individual, one, one and only, only, single, singular, solitary  

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