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singles, singling, singled

  1. ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You use single to emphasize that you are referring to one thing, and no more than one thing.

  2. ADJ: det ADJ (emphasis) You use single to indicate that you are considering something on its own and separately from other things like it.

  3. ADJ Someone who is single is not married. You can also use single to describe someone who does not have a girlfriend or boyfriend.

  4. ADJ: usu ADJ n A single room is a room intended for one person to stay or live in.


    • Single is also a noun. It's ₤65 for a single, ₤98 for a double and ₤120 for an entire suite.
  5. ADJ: ADJ n A single bed is wide enough for one person to sleep in.

  6. ADJ: usu ADJ n A single ticket is a ticket for a journey from one place to another but not back again. [BRIT]


    • Single is also a noun. ...a Club Class single to Los Angeles. (in AM, use one-way)
  7. N-COUNT A single is a small record which has one short song on each side. You can also refer to the main song on a small record as a single.

  8. N-UNCOUNT Singles is a game of tennis or badminton in which one player plays another. The plural singles can be used to refer to one or more of these matches.

  9. N-COUNT In cricket, a single is a hit from which one run is scored. In baseball, a single is a hit by which a batter reaches first base.

  10. See also single-

    in single file see file

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sɪ̱ŋg(ə)lNeuter nounADJ (emphasis) You use single to emphasize that you are referring to one thing, and no more than one thing.Examples

A single shot rang out...
Over six hundred people were wounded in a single day...
She hadn't uttered a single word.

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Word forms


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)singling
Past Participle (Participle II)singled
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I singlewe single
you singleyou single
he/she/it singlesthey single
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am singlingwe are singling
you are singlingyou are singling
he/she/it is singlingthey are singling
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have singledwe have singled
you have singledyou have singled
he/she/it has singledthey have singled
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been singlingwe have been singling
you have been singlingyou have been singling
he/she/it has been singlingthey have been singling
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I singledwe singled
you singledyou singled
he/she/it singledthey singled
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was singlingwe were singling
you were singlingyou were singling
he/she/it was singlingthey were singling
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had singledwe had singled
you had singledyou had singled
he/she/it had singledthey had singled
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been singlingwe had been singling
you had been singlingyou had been singling
he/she/it had been singlingthey had been singling
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will singlewe shall/will single
you will singleyou will single
he/she/it will singlethey will single
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be singlingwe shall/will be singling
you will be singlingyou will be singling
he/she/it will be singlingthey will be singling
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have singledwe shall/will have singled
you will have singledyou will have singled
he/she/it will have singledthey will have singled
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been singlingwe shall/will have been singling
you will have been singlingyou will have been singling
he/she/it will have been singlingthey will have been singling
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would singlewe should/would single
you would singleyou would single
he/she/it would singlethey would single
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be singlingwe should/would be singling
you would be singlingyou would be singling
he/she/it would be singlingthey would be singling
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have singledwe should/would have singled
you would have singledyou would have singled
he/she/it would have singledthey would have singled
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been singlingwe should/would have been singling
you would have been singlingyou would have been singling
he/she/it would have been singlingthey would have been singling
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am singledwe are singled
you are singledyou are singled
he/she/it is singledthey are singled
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being singledwe are being singled
you are being singledyou are being singled
he/she/it is being singledthey are being singled
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been singledwe have been singled
you have been singledyou have been singled
he/she/it has been singledthey have been singled
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was singledwe were singled
you were singledyou were singled
he/she/it was singledthey were singled
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being singledwe were being singled
you were being singledyou were being singled
he/she/it was being singledthey were being singled
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been singledwe had been singled
you had been singledyou had been singled
he/she/it had been singledthey had been singled
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be singledwe shall/will be singled
you will be singledyou will be singled
he/she/it will be singledthey will be singled
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been singledwe shall/will have been singled
you will have been singledyou will have been singled
he/she/it will have been singledthey will have been singled


Common casesinglesingles
Possessive casesingle'ssingles'