having or showing a single aim or purpose: a single-minded program.
dedicated; resolute; steadfast: He was single-minded in his concern for truth.

Nearby words

  1. single-issue,
  2. single-knit,
  3. single-lens reflex,
  4. single-lens reflex camera,
  5. single-malt,
  6. single-name paper,
  7. single-parent,
  8. single-payer,
  9. single-phase,
  10. single-sex

Origin of single-minded

First recorded in 1570–80

Related formssin·gle-mind·ed·ly, adverbsin·gle-mind·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for single-minded



having but one aim or purpose; dedicated
Derived Formssingle-mindedly, adverbsingle-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.

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