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[sing-guh l-mahyn-did] /ˈsɪŋ gəlˈmaɪn dɪd/
having or showing a single aim or purpose:
a single-minded program.
dedicated; resolute; steadfast:
He was single-minded in his concern for truth.
Origin of single-minded
Related forms
single-mindedly, adverb
single-mindedness, noun
2. determined, persevering, inflexible, firm. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for single-minded


having but one aim or purpose; dedicated
Derived Forms
single-mindedly, adverb
single-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for single-minded

1570s, "sincere, honest" (a sense also in single-hearted); meaning "having a single aim or purpose" is from 1860. See single (adj.) + minded. Related: Single-mindedly; single-mindedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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