sole ( soles plural )
1 adj The sole thing or person of a particular type is the only one of that type.
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.
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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