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English definition of “single”

single

adjective [before noun] (SEPARATE)    /ˈsɪŋ.ɡl̩/
B1 considered on its own and separate from other things: Patience is the single most important quality needed for this job. She lost every single thing when her house burned down.Single, double and multiple
(Definition of single adjective (SEPARATE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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