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single

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adjective sin·gle \ ˈsiŋ-gəl \

Definition of single

1 a :not married
b :of or relating to celibacy
2 :unaccompanied by others :lone, sole
  • the single survivor of the disaster
3 a (1) :consisting of or having only one part, feature, or portion
  • single consonants
(2) :consisting of one as opposed to or in contrast with many :uniform
  • a single standard for men and women
(3) :consisting of only one in number
  • holds to a single ideal
b :having but one whorl of petals or ray flowers
  • a single rose
4 a :consisting of a separate unique whole :individual
  • every single citizen
b :of, relating to, or involving only one person
5 a :frank, honest
  • a single devotion
b :exclusively attentive
  • an eye single to the truth
7 :having no equal or like :singular
8 :designed for the use of one person only
  • a single room
  • a single bed

Examples of single in a Sentence

  1. A single shoe was found.

  2. It costs $10 for a single glass of wine!

  3. a single serving of carrots

  4. He earns $2,000 in a single week.

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Origin and Etymology of single

Middle English sengle, from Anglo-French, from Latin singulus one only; akin to Latin sem- one — more at same

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single

noun

Definition of single

1 a :a separate individual person or thing
b :an unmarried person and especially one young and socially active usually used in plural
c (1) :a recording having one short tune on each side
(2) :a music recording having two or more tracks that is shorter than a full-length album; also :a song that is particularly popular independent of other songs on the same album or by the same artist
2 :a base hit that allows the batter to reach first base
3 a singles plural :a tennis match or similar game with one player on each side
b :a golf match between two players usually used in plural
4 :a room (as in a hotel) for one guest — compare double 7

Examples of single in a Sentence

  1. He hit a single to right field.

  2. Do you want to play singles or doubles?

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First Known Use of single

1604

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single

verb

Definition of single

singled; singling play \ˈsiŋ-g(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to select or distinguish from a number or group usually used with out
2 a :to advance or score (a base runner) by a single
b :to bring about the scoring of (a run) by a single
intransitive verb
:to make a single in baseball

Examples of single in a Sentence

  1. He singled to right field.

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First Known Use of single

1628



SINGLE Defined for English Language Learners

single

play
adjective

Definition of single for English Language Learners

  • : not having or including another : only one

  • : not married or not having a serious romantic relationship with someone

  • —used for emphasis after words like any, each, every, etc.


single

noun

Definition of single for English Language Learners

  • : an unmarried person and especially one who is young and socially active

  • baseball : a hit that allows the batter to reach first base

  • cricket : a hit that scores one run


single

verb

Definition of single for English Language Learners

  • : to hit a single in baseball


SINGLE Defined for Kids

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single

play
adjective sin·gle \ ˈsiŋ-gəl \

Definition of single for Students

1 :being alone :being the only one
  • He … made a single effort to jump …
  • —Walter Farley, The Black Stallion
2 :being a separate whole :individual
  • … the sheriff pretended to study the menu—though he knew every single word on it by heart.
  • —Robert McCloskey, Homer Price
3 :not married
4 :made up of or having only one
  • The word has a single syllable.
5 :made for only one person
  • a single bed

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single

verb

Definition of single for Students

singled; singling
:to select or distinguish (as one person or thing) from a number or group
  • My sister was singled out for praise.

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single

noun

Definition of single for Students

1 :a separate individual person or thing
2 :a hit in baseball that enables the batter to reach first base


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