[ sing-guhl-mahyn-did ]
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  1. having or showing a single aim or purpose: a single-minded program.

  2. dedicated; resolute; steadfast: He was single-minded in his concern for truth.

Origin of single-minded

First recorded in 1570–80

Other words for single-minded

Other words from single-minded

  • sin·gle-mind·ed·ly, adverb
  • sin·gle-mind·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby single-minded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use single-minded in a sentence

  • We thought pursuit had long been abandoned, but they are driven by single-minded hate, not by logic.

    Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
  • Defects such as these could be readily corrected by association with the single-minded, painstaking, thorough Massinger.

    The Fatal Dowry | Philip Massinger
  • They were united in a single-minded purpose, with failure before them—unless—He turned to the stranger.

    Star Born | Andre Norton
  • He is, for evil or for good, the most single-minded man alive.

    American Sketches | Charles Whibley
  • They admire his consistency and single-minded devotion to the interests of the Church which he guards.

    The War Upon Religion | Rev. Francis A. Cunningham

British Dictionary definitions for single-minded


  1. having but one aim or purpose; dedicated

Derived forms of single-minded

  • single-mindedly, adverb
  • single-mindedness, noun

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