Translation of "single" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /ˈsɪŋ.ɡəl/ us /ˈsɪŋ.ɡəl/

single adjective (ONE)

B2 [ before noun ] one only

He knocked his opponent down with a single blow. 他仅用一拳就打倒了对手。
Not a single person offered to help her. 没有一个人主动出来帮她。
You haven't been listening to a single word I've been saying. 我说的你连一个字都没听进去。

More examples

  • She insisted on telling me every single detail of what they did to her in hospital.
  • Identical twins develop from a single fertilized egg which then splits into two.
  • It was very difficult to encapsulate the story of the revolution in a single one-hour documentary.
  • Not a single sound fell from her lips.
  • He was floored with a single punch to the head.

single adjective (NOT MARRIED)

A2 not married, or not having a romantic relationship with someone

a single woman/man/person 单身女子/未婚男人/单身者
He's been single for so long now, I don't think he'll ever marry. 他这么长时间一直单身,我认为他永远不会结婚了。
The number of single-parent families dependent on the state has risen enormously in recent years. 近年来,依靠国家救济的单亲家庭数量急剧增加。

More examples

  • Women's rights groups have cried out against the proposed cut in benefit paid to single mothers.
  • He finds it extremely difficult being a single parent.
  • It's hard being a single mother.
  • Please state whether you are single, cohabiting, married, separated, divorced or widowed.
  • Children with single parents at my school were very much in the minority .

single adjective (SEPARATE)

B1 [ before noun ] considered on its own and separate from other things

Patience is the single most important quality needed for this job. 耐心是这项工作需要的一个最重要的品质。
She lost every single thing when her house burned down. 她的房子被烧毁以后,她失去了所有的一切。

More examples

  • The closure of the Manchester printing factory is the company's biggest single cutback so far.
  • It's a huge window made from a single pane of glass.
  • The single most important factor in health was good sanitation.

singleverb [ I ]

uk /ˈsɪŋ.ɡəl/ us /ˈsɪŋ.ɡəl/

A baseball player singles by hitting a ball that allows him to reach first base.


Phrasal verb(s)

singlenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsɪŋ.ɡəl/ us /ˈsɪŋ.ɡəl/

a record or CD that has a main song and usually a small number of other songs on it

Have you heard Lady Gaga's new single? 你听过迈克尔‧杰克逊的最新单曲吗?

in cricket, one run (= point)


in baseball, a hit that allows the player to reach first base

singles [ U ]

a game, especially in tennis, played between one player on one side and one on the other

singles [ plural ]

people who are not married and do not have a romantic relationship with someone

single (ticket) B1 UK

a ticket for a journey to a place, but not for the return

May I have a single to London, please. 请给我一张去伦敦的单程票。

a single room


(Translation of “single” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)