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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪŋgəl/

Translation of single in Spanish:


  • 1 (just one) (before noun/delante del nombre) solo 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/familiar] 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/con negativo) 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
  • 2 (before noun/delante del nombre) 2.1 (for one person) [room] individual; [bed/sheet] individual, de una plaza (Latin America/América Latina) a single portion (of food) una ración or porción individual 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
    • 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.
    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.
    Example sentences
    • My neighbour Hassan Sheikh lived on the terrace of his building, in a single room surrounded by cotes for his pigeons.
    • The project actually carried me a step closer to perfecting my single room living arrangement.
    • The main exhibition space occupies two of these boxes, but reads as a single room inside - it's a lot of effort for not much result.
    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/inglés británico) [Transport/Transporte] 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) soltero I'm single soy or (in Spain also/en España también) estoy soltero to remain single quedarse soltero the single life la vida de soltero/soltera, la soltería see also single 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.


  • 2 2.1 (ticket) (British English/inglés británico) boleto (masculine) or (Spain/España) billete (masculine) de ida 2.2 (room) (habitación (feminine)) individual (feminine) or sencilla (feminine)
  • 3 (unmarried person) soltero, (masculine, feminine); (unattached adult) [ persona sin pareja estable ]
  • 5 (dollar bill) (American English/inglés norteamericano) billete (masculine) de un dólar

Phrasal verbs

single out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
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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