single out

sin·gle out
S s


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sing-guh l out]
    • /ˈsɪŋ gəl aʊt/
    • /ˈsɪŋɡl ˈaʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sing-guh l out]
    • /ˈsɪŋ gəl aʊt/

Definitions of single out words

  • adjective single out only one in number; one only; unique; sole: a single example. 1
  • adjective single out of, relating to, or suitable for one person only: a single room. 1
  • adjective single out solitary or sole; lone: He was the single survivor. 1
  • adjective single out unmarried or not in a romantic relationship: a single man. 1
  • adjective single out pertaining to the unmarried state: the single life. 1
  • adjective single out of or noting a parent who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner. 1

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Origin of single out

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; late Middle English (adj.), Middle English sengle < Old French < Latin singulus individual, single (usually in the plural singuli one apiece), derivative of *sem- one (see simplex)

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Parts of speech for Single out


single out popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

single out usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for single out

verb single out

  • balloted — a slip or sheet of paper, cardboard, or the like, on which a voter marks his or her vote.
  • buck for — If you are bucking for something, you are working very hard to get it.
  • button down — (of a shirt collar) having buttonholes so it can be buttoned to the body of the shirt.
  • carded — a machine for combing and paralleling fibers of cotton, flax, wool, etc., prior to spinning to remove short, undesirable fibers and produce a sliver.
  • carding — the process of preparing the fibres of cotton, wool, etc, for spinning

Antonyms for single out

verb single out

  • disfavor — unfavorable regard; displeasure; disesteem; dislike: The prime minister incurred the king's disfavor.
  • disfavour — unfavorable regard; displeasure; disesteem; dislike: The prime minister incurred the king's disfavor.

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