Meaning of SINGLE in English

SINGLE

/ ˈsɪŋgl; NAmE / adjective , noun , verb

■ adjective

ONE

1.

[ only before noun ] only one :

He sent her a single red rose.

a single-sex school (= for boys only or for girls only)

All these jobs can now be done by one single machine.

I couldn't understand a single word she said!

the European single currency , the euro

( BrE )

a single honours degree (= for which you study only one subject)

FOR EMPHASIS

2.

[ only before noun ] used to emphasize that you are referring to one particular person or thing on its own :

Unemployment is the single most important factor in the growing crime rates.

We eat rice every single day .

NOT MARRIED

3.

( of a person ) not married or having a romantic relationship with sb :

The apartments are ideal for single people living alone.

Are you still single?

—see also single parent

FOR ONE PERSON

4.

[ only before noun ] intended to be used by only one person :

a single bed / room

—compare double adjective (3)

TICKET

5.

[ only before noun ] ( BrE ) (also one-way NAmE , BrE ) a single ticket, etc. can be used for travelling to a place but not back again :

a single ticket

How much is the single fare to Glasgow?

—compare return noun (7)

IDIOMS

see file noun , glance noun

■ noun

TICKET

1.

[ C ] ( BrE ) a ticket that allows you to travel to a place but not back again :

How much is a single to York?

—compare return noun (7)

TAPE / CD

2.

[ C ] a piece of recorded music, usually popular music, that consists of one song; the tape, CD, etc. that this is recorded onto :

The band releases its new single next week.

—compare album

ROOM

3.

[ C ] a room in a hotel, etc. for one person

—compare double noun (5)

MONEY

4.

[ C ] ( NAmE ) a bill / note that is worth one dollar

—compare double noun (5)

UNMARRIED PEOPLE

5.

singles [ pl. ] people who are not married and do not have a romantic relationship with sb else :

They organize parties for singles.

a singles bar / club

IN SPORT

6.

singles [ U+sing./pl. v . ] ( especially in tennis ) a game when only one player plays against one other; a series of two or more of these games :

the women's singles champion

the first round of the men's singles

a singles match

She's won three singles titles this year.

—compare doubles noun (6)

7.

[ C ] ( in cricket ) a hit from which a player scores one run (= point)

8.

[ C ] ( in baseball ) a hit that only allows the player to run to first base

■ verb

PHRASAL VERBS

- single sb/sth out (for sth / as sb/sth)

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : via Old French from Latin singulus , related to simplus simple.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.