sin·​gly | \ ˈsiŋ-g(ə-)lē How to pronounce singly (audio) \

Definition of singly

1 : without the company of others : individually

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
Recent Examples on the Web But the accumulating evidence points to two leading suspects — a pair of viruses, working singly or perhaps in tandem. Lena H. Sun, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Customers rated it highly for its value and ease of assembly, and it's sold singly or in a set of two, with four color choices available. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 Among Israelis 60 and older, who have been eligible for a second booster since early January, those who received it were one-quarter as likely as the singly boosted to be hospitalized with severe COVID at the peak of the country’s Omicron surge. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 The line from the White House, plainly put, is that Klain isn’t singly responsible for any of the administration’s ongoing troubles, and that switching him out wouldn’t actually fix anything and could actually cause more problems and trigger panic. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 27 Jan. 2022 Together or singly, the producers have worked on a sizable chunk of the greatest darkly romantic rock records of the past 40 years, from Depeche Mode to PJ Harvey to Smashing Pumpkins to U2 — a catalog that includes several Interpol favorites. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2021 Available singly, or in bundles that include a stylish tray. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 The first drugs developed for HIV, when used singly, quickly stopped working because resistant strains evolved that could defeat the drugs’ attack. Riley Griffin, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2021 These are, singly and collectively, magnificent imperial histories. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of singly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Singly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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sin·​gly | \ ˈsiŋ-gə-lē How to pronounce singly (audio) , ˈsiŋ-glē \

Kids Definition of singly

: one by one : individually

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