variants or standalone
: complete in itself : self-contained sense 1a
All three drugs had FDA's blessing as stand-alone treatments for obesity, but the agency had never approved the combination.Kathleen Fackelmann
: such as
: intended, designed, or able to be used or to function alone or separately : not connected to or requiring connection to something else in order to be used or to function
Run on kerosene or diesel, stand-alone cabin heaters operate without electricity …Skip Novak
especially : operating or capable of operating independently of other software or hardware
Amazon, for example, wants to offer the app as a channel in its Prime Video suite, rather than a standalone app next to Prime. Doing so gives Amazon access to data such as watching habits and preferences. Kim Khan
The market has seen a number of more capable VR headsets hit shelves, the most recent being the standalone Oculus Quest, which doesn't require a PC like the Oculus Rift. Brittany A. Roston
: not being part of a larger work or series
a stand-alone film/novel
Many of these individual chapters read like stand-alone essays—nuanced, witty, and carefully polished accounts …John Brewer
Though the printed library reference works still exist as standalone products, the integrated and expanded versions help students understand how information is related and how to do research …James Lichtenberg
: belonging to but operating independently of a larger organization
Nike built the Jordan Brand into a massive standalone business with $3.1 billion in wholesale revenue …Kurt Badenhausen
: existing as a separate structure : not connected to or contained within another structure
The gallery is in a standalone building on the property on Portland Street.KiMi Robinson
According to the Chapter 11 filing, the closures will affect malls and standalone stores across the country.Áine Cain
stand-alone noun
or standalone
plural stand-alones or standalones
But now it is all paying off. His European growth is remarkable, both in department stores and standalones. Jim Cramer
This book is a companion to last year's Five Midnights, though it can be read as a standalone. Dahlia Adler
The system operates … as a standalone or within any graphics application, and supports most popular file formats. Industry Week

Examples of stand-alone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the GOP House leadership’s attempt to pass a stand-alone bill for aid to Israel failed, as did the Republican effort to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on the same day. Nr Editors, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 While the first Casa Fortunato was decidedly homey — Costa Lopes, Fortunato and their children lived just upstairs from their guests, in the attic — this new iteration (with six main bedrooms and a stand-alone guesthouse tucked behind the pool) is even more so. Jo Rodgers Jameson Montgomery Roxanne Fequiere Emilia Petrarca Kate Guadagnino Sophie Bew, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Discovery to create a sports-centric streaming bundle, targeted for fall 2024 launch, as well as plans to debut a stand-alone streaming version of ESPN as early as August 2025. Todd Spangler, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 Gemini will be available Thursday in a new stand-alone app on Android phones, as part of the Google app on iPhones and on the web. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Discovery, plus news of a $1.5 billion investment in Fortnite parent Epic Games and the fall 2025 launch date for an ESPN stand-alone streaming service. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 The board pointed out that Meta has two versions of the policy (stand-alone and as part of its misinformation community standard) that aren’t exactly aligned, and also said Meta should clarify what sort of harms its policy is trying to prevent. David Meyer, Fortune, 5 Feb. 2024 His new stand-alone thriller answers the question: what happens when a serial killer is not happy with his portrayal in a true crime TV documentary? Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 Paramount has been seeking between $200,000 and $300,000 for a stand-alone 30-second Super Bowl spot on Nickelodeon, according to media buyers and other executives familiar with the pace of negotiations. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stand-alone was in 1963

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“Stand-alone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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