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[sing-glee] /ˈsɪŋ gli/
apart from others; separately.
one at a time; as single units.
singlehanded; alone.
Origin of singly
1250-1300; Middle English senglely. See single, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Strategies are not to be used singly-good readers do not read a book and only make predictions.
  • Equally useful in groups as an informal screen or singly in a mixed shrub border.
  • Use japonicas singly, as accents, or train them against a fence or wall as espaliers.
  • Less gregarious than other nuthatches, the white-breasted nuthatch is typically seen singly or in pairs.
  • The colors of these bracelets coordinate beautifully together or can be worn singly.
  • Migration: migrates in spring singly or in small groups, unlike the rose-breasted, which sometimes migrates in large flocks.
  • It consists, as is well known, of a number of syllable sounds which are spoken singly or are combined in twos.
  • Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now.
  • Together they dared and accomplished what would have remained impossible for them singly.
  • Later in the afternoon they began to fly to the fishing-grounds, and back and forth, singly and in small groups.
British Dictionary definitions for singly


one at a time; one by one
apart from others; separately; alone
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Word Origin and History for singly

c.1300, from single (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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