sin·gly | \ˈsiŋ-g(ə-)lē \

Definition of singly 

1 : without the company of others : individually

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Examples of singly in a Sentence

The birds can be seen singly or in groups. either singly or with the cooperation of other nations, we must do something about this pressing environmental issue

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Life jackets floated singly, and men without life jackets beat against the sides of boats, trying to clamber into them. Washington Post, "AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, reporter lands on Attu Island," 29 May 2018 The capital gains exclusion allows eligible owners to pocket up to $250,000 (taxpayers filing singly) or up to $500,000 (joint filers) from the net gains on their home sales, tax-free. Kenneth R. Harney,, "This hefty tax benefit for homeowners hangs in the balance," 16 May 2017 The cost of out of warranty repair can be as high as $700, as keys can often not be repaired singly. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Apple Admits to Sticky MacBook Pro Keyboards, Will Fix Them for Free," 22 June 2018 And depending on size and brand, the cans are sold singly or in four- or six-packs. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Canned wine? Really? Sales are growing for portable, chillable and down-to-earth drinks," 24 May 2018 To cook singly: Fry about one minute, or until pancake is barely colored. Florence Steinberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mimouna sweets, a Moroccan tradition, herald the end of Passover," 3 Apr. 2018 The mini-burgers are sold singly, in twos and threes, or in 16-pack boxes. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mini-burger chain Burgerim is coming to Milwaukee's downtown," 22 May 2018 The large daisy-like flowers with mounded heads and showy rose or pink rays (petals) are usually borne singly on stout stems, well above the foliage. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Gorgeous Medicinal Echinacea In Your Garden," 17 July 2017 Ivy Tech Community College is the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system., "Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg Offers Two Paths to a Better Future," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of singly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of singly

: without another


sin·gly | \ˈsiŋ-gə-lē, ˈsiŋ-glē\

Kids Definition of singly

: one by one : individually

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evasion of direct action or statement

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