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single
American English: /ˈsɪŋɡəl/
British English: /ˈsɪŋɡ(ə)l/

Translation of single in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1 (just one) (before noun) a single issue dominated the talks
    un solo or único tema dominó las conversaciones
    will it fit on a single page?
    ¿cabrá en una (sola) página?
    it's the single most important issue
    es el tema más importante or de mayor importancia
    the largest single shareholder
    el mayor accionista individual
    every single day
    todos los días sin excepción
    todos los santos días [colloquial]
    every single copy of the book was destroyed
    se destruyeron absolutamente todos los ejemplares del libro
    you disagree with every single thing I say
    todo lo que digo or cada cosa que digo te parece mal
    (with negative) not a single house was left standing
    no quedó ni una sola casa en pie
    there's not a single thing I like
    no hay nada que me guste
    no hay ni una sola cosa que me guste
    I haven't found a single mistake
    no he encontrado ni un solo error
    Example sentences
    • That may be true but remember those in a single income family face the same financial pressures as those with a double income.
    • Boredom among children is common in those families with a single child.
    • Now I keep trying to remind myself that some people are supporting whole families on a single income.
  • 2 (before noun) 2.1 (for one person)
    (room)
    individual
    (bed/sheet)
    individual
    de una plaza (Latin America)
    a single portion (of food)
    una ración or porción individual
    Example sentences
    • Tracey has had to move into her three-year-old daughter, Sophie's, room and share her single bed.
    • Finally they find a dodgy motel that has some space, but the proprietor tells them the only room left contains one single bed.
    • Cell-like, there is just room for a single bed, a desk and a chest of drawers.
    2.2 (not double)
    (lens/engine/line)
    solo
    (flower/tulip)
    simple
    in single file
    en fila india or de a uno
    single figures
    cifras (feminine plural) de un solo dígito
    Example sentences
    • Flower form can be single, semi-double, or fully double blooms that look similar to miniature roses.
    2.3 (one-way) (British English) (Transport)
    de ida
    sencillo
    Example sentences
    • First of all, it's the prices: £55.00 for a single ticket from Manchester to Norwich.
    • The £11 cash value of a single ticket was then removed, and the money was amassed over a long period of time.
    • Trouble is, single tickets are going up to £2.
  • 3 (unmarried) I'm single
    soy or ( (Spain) tb) estoy soltero
    to remain single the single life
    la vida de soltero/soltera
    la soltería
    see alsosingle parent
    Example sentences
    • Even unwed single mothers have said that they want more children than they have, even in an unwed state.
    • Being single after my last relationship has been a blessing.
    • One second I would remember that I had spent the last couple of months of our relationship wishing I was single.

noun

  • 1 (Audio, Music) a 7-inch/12-inch single
    un single/maxi-single
    Example sentences
    • There may be thousands of vinyl singles and long-playing albums stacked on shelves in the radio's library - but the days of loading vinyl on to a turntable are long gone.
    • Fame is winning a televised talent show with a song, and then releasing a couple of singles and an album or two.
    • She has already notched up three top 10 singles and is currently recording her second album in London.
  • 3 (unmarried person)
    soltero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine)
    (unattached adult) (persona sin pareja estable)
    Example sentences
    • The UK's singles want relationships that don't involve their partners actually moving in, a new BBC survey has revealed.
    • All the profiles are from real singles seeking sincere relationships and will always remain that way.
    • He has publish Ebooks and articles on psychology, singles, relationships and Popular Culture.
  • 4 (Sport) 4.1 (in baseball)
    Example sentences
    • The next batter hits a line-drive single to right past an outstretched second baseman.
    • The Yanks elected to intentionally walk Hunter, and a Koskie single loaded the bases.
    • He gave up a pair of singles to Hank Blalock and Michael Young leading off the inning before he was relieved by Troy Percival.
    4.2 (in cricket) see alsosingles
    Example sentences
    • He provided his usual limpet-like support for Lara, working the singles, and being content to feed the strike, as they added 169 in just over 30 overs.
    • He got there by guiding the 131st ball he faced, from Irfan Pathan, to square leg for a single.
    • Laker and Bailey started towards the ball, hesitated, and the batsmen scrambled a single.
  • 5 (dollar bill) (American English)
    billete (masculine) de un dólar
    Example sentences
    • Do you have any singles?

Phrasal verbs

single out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
I can't single out any individual
no puedo señalar a nadie en particular
she was singled out for criticism
se la criticó a ella en particular
he was singled out to receive the award
se lo eligió para recibir el galardón
she singled out heart disease as the biggest killer
señaló or individualizó a las enfermedades cardíacas como las causantes del mayor número de muertes

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