single

single adj 1 *unmarried, celibate, virgin, maiden
2 Single, sole, unique, lone, solitary, separate, particular can all mean one as distinguished from two or more or all others. Something
Single is not accompanied or supported by, or combined or united with, another
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a single instance may be cited

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the strength of the lyric lies in the complete statement of a single selected facet of ex-perience—Day Lewis

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that was the greatest single thing that had ever happened to her. No one had ever looked at her and made a respectful gesture before— Theodore Sturgeon

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Something sole is the only one that exists, that acts, that has power or relevance, or that is to be or should be considered
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he is the sole heir

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this is his sole invention

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your conscience must be the sole judge in this case

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acquire the sole rights of publication

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his sole object was to study the form of his sitter's head in every detail— Alexander

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California is not the sole repository of political virtue in the United States— Armbrister

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Something unique (see also STRANGE) may be the only one of its kind in existence
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the medal is unique, for no duplicates were made

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of the world's geniuses he strikes me as being uniqueMailer

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or it may stand alone because of its unusual character
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the unique character of the English conquest of Britain— Malone

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they stand alone, unique, objects of supreme interest— Osborne

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Something lone (see also ALONE) is not only single but also separated or isolated from others of its kind; the word often replaces single in technical or poetic context
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to sit beneath a fair lone beechen tree— Keats

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the ambitious Aaron Burr, who played a lone hand against the field— Parrington

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Constitutes the lone industry of the community— Amer. Guide Series: Vt.

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Something solitary (see also ALONE) stands by itself, either as the sole instance or as a unique thing
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her world was the Church, in which she hoped that her solitary child would some day be a polished pillar— Buchan

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began to eat again fiercely, like a great strong animal, tackling the solitary meal of its day— O'Flaherty

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Something separate (see also DISTINCT 1) is not only single, but disconnected from or unconnected with any of the others in question
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turning over in his thoughts every separate second of their hours together— Wharton

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group consciousness . . . makes the individual think lightly of his own separate interests— Cohen

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Something particular (see also SPECIAL; CIRCUMSTANTIAL; NICE 1) is the single or numerically distinct instance, member, or example of the whole or the class considered or under consideration
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a special provision for a known and particular territory— Taney

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Richard . .. replied that he had an engagement at a particular hour, up to which he was her servant— Meredith

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reality is a succession of concrete and particular situations— Huxley

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Analogous words: individual, particular, *special, especial, specific
Antonyms: accompanied: supported: conjugal
single vb prefer, *choose, select, elect, opt, pick, cull
Analogous words: *take, seize, grasp, grab: accept, *receive, admit: *decide, determine, settle

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