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adjective single pronunciation in British English /ˈsɪŋɡ(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    only one
    We ought to be able to complete the work in a single day.
    The envelope contained a single sheet of paper.
  2. 2
    not married, or not in a romantic relationship
    Please state whether you are single, married, or divorced.
    Are there no attractive single men left?
  3. 3
    designed for one person, or used by one person
    a single bed/mattress/sheet: The room has two single beds.
    There is a supplement to pay for a single room.
  4. 4
    considered separately
    Do we have to count every single penny we spend?
    the single largest/biggest etc: Drugs are the single biggest cause of crime here.
    the biggest/largest etc single: This is the biggest single issue facing older people.
  5. 5
    the same for everyone
    We’re paying a single rate for all workers, experienced or inexperienced.
  6. 6
    British a single ticket is used for travelling to a place, but not for returning from it
    I’d like a single ticket to Dover.

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