single

adjective
sin·​gle | \ ˈsiŋ-gəl How to pronounce single (audio) \

Definition of single

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : not married
b : of or relating to celibacy
2 : unaccompanied by others : lone, sole the single survivor of the disaster
3a(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
4a : consisting of a separate unique whole : individual every single citizen
b : of, relating to, or involving only one person
5a : 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

single

noun

Definition of single (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
3a 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 sense 7

single

verb
singled; singling\ ˈsiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce singling (audio) \

Definition of single (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to select or distinguish from a number or group usually used with out
2a : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for single

Synonyms: Adjective

unattached, unmarried, unwed

Antonyms: Adjective

attached, espoused, hitched, married, wedded (also wed)

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Examples of single in a Sentence

Adjective

A single shoe was found. It costs $10 for a single glass of wine! a single serving of carrots He earns $2,000 in a single week.

Noun

He hit a single to right field. Do you want to play singles or doubles?

Verb

He singled to right field.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But conservationists may have to rethink their efforts to save China’s giant salamanders, which do not consist of a single species as experts have long believed. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New Giant Salamander Species Is the World’s Largest Amphibian," 17 Sep. 2019 His next step came with his single off the bench in the seventh inning. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Cardinals 6: Ryan Braun stuns St. Louis with two-out grand slam in ninth inning," 15 Sep. 2019 Polling in the single digits, O’Rourke ventured, for the first time in his political career, into risky territory. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Second Tier in Top Form at Democratic Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 The boost comes at an auspicious moment for Harris: just hours before she and her rivals take the stage in Houston for the third debate of the primary season and at a time when her poll numbers have stagnated in the single digits. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "On debate day, Harris nabs endorsement from prominent Latino congressman," 12 Sep. 2019 In an industry where operating margins are often in low single digits, Porsche’s exceed 18%, with average profit per vehicle a turbocharged €16,250 ($17,900) compared with €3,200 for Audi and €960 for the mass-market VW brand. The Economist, "Porsche is small but highly lucrative," 12 Sep. 2019 No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified, though many cases involve marijuana vaping devices. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration will push for ban on flavors used in e-cigarettes," 11 Sep. 2019 That team was a single-digit favorite or underdog five times. Christopher Smith, al, "2019 Alabama twice as dominant as when it lost to South Carolina," 9 Sep. 2019 Pismo Beach has stricter requirements, in which a single-family homeowner must live there at least half the year to be eligible for a $399 permit. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach council explores lifting prohibition on short-term vacation rentals," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Clijsters has 41 career singles titles and 11 career doubles titles. Jill Martin, CNN, "Kim Clijsters to come out of retirement, announces return to tennis at 36," 12 Sep. 2019 Orlando’s Emmanuel Ruiz won the Men’s 4.0 NTRP round-robin singles title. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Teen tennis player reaches finals in Delray Beach competition," 12 Sep. 2019 The 2010s are closed, and Nadal, Djokovic and Federer finished them off by sweeping the singles titles at the last 12 Grand Slam tournaments. BostonGlobe.com, "It also preserved the Big Three’s logic-defying dominance. At the end of the 2009 season, the top three players in the rankings were Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.," 10 Sep. 2019 In doing so, Nadal captured his fourth U.S. Open singles title and 19th grand-slam championship overall. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "Rafael Nadal Takes Another Step Toward Tennis History," 9 Sep. 2019 The 2010s are closed, and Nadal, Djokovic and Federer finished them off by sweeping the singles titles at the last 12 Grand Slam tournaments. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Shows Why the Young Guard Will Have to Wait," 9 Sep. 2019 Andreescu, the first player from Canada to win a major singles title, went up 5-1 in the second set and served for the victory there, even holding a match point at 40-30. Howard Fendrich, courant.com, "Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams in US Open final," 7 Sep. 2019 Williams was in search of her 24th major singles title, which would have tied Margaret Court's all-time record. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Bianca Andreescu Beats Serena Williams to Win U.S. Open, First Grand Slam Title," 7 Sep. 2019 Andreescu, the first player from Canada to win a major singles title, went up 5-1 in the second set and served for the victory there, even holding a match point at 40-30. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Bianca Andreescu beats Serena Williams in U.S. Open final," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For their part, Saudi officials affirmed that Iranian weapons were used in the attack but also stopped short of singling out Iran in statements that appeared to reflect fears across the Persian Gulf of a wider and more violent conflagration. Anchorage Daily News, "Tehran rules out talks with U.S. as Trump steps back from directly blaming Iran," 17 Sep. 2019 These efforts can be made personal by singling out employees for their accomplishments while focusing on the values of your workplace. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Employee recognition a vital part of workplace culture: Ask HR," 10 Sep. 2019 Wil Myers, the only Padres right-hander to get a hit, singled in the sixth as the last batter to face Melville and got out on a 391-foot fly ball to the deepest portion of center field in eighth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres trip on Rockies," 6 Sep. 2019 Lewis Brinson doubled and Neil Walker singled to tie it. Michael Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Yamamoto gets career-high nine strikeouts but Rockies rally to get walk-off win, sweep of Marlins," 19 Aug. 2019 Brandon Crawford singled with one out, and Mauricio Dubon followed with a single to right. Mike Lefkow, The Mercury News, "Madison Bumgarner solid, but Marlins pin loss on Giants," 14 Sep. 2019 Former Giants farmhand Bryan Reynolds singled with one out, moved to third on Josh Bell’s two-out looping single to right and then scored on Jose Osuna’s double to left. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "September blues: Giants fall to Pirates," 12 Sep. 2019 After Schwarber walked and Bryant singled, Lamet got Victor Caratini on a fly ball and Jason Heyward on a strikeout. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Darvish, Cubs strike out Padres’ chances of winning series," 12 Sep. 2019 Top performers typically appear to be unaffected by awards, but low and below-average performers who see their colleagues singled out for praise show signs of improvement. William Park, Quartz at Work, "Why employee rewards are frequently ineffective and potentially counterproductive," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of single

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1628, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for single

Adjective

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

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The first known use of single was in the 14th century

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single

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of single

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of single (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of single (Entry 3 of 3)

: to hit a single in baseball

single

adjective
sin·​gle | \ ˈsiŋ-gəl How to pronounce single (audio) \

Kids Definition of single

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

single

verb
singled; singling

Kids Definition of single (Entry 2 of 3)

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

single

noun

Kids Definition of single (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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