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

First recorded in 1570–80
Related formssin·gle-mind·ed·ly, adverbsin·gle-mind·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for single-minded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for single-minded

Contemporary Examples of single-minded

Historical Examples of single-minded

  • Every man should be true and single-minded, and should not allow himself to be deceived by others.



  • That Alexander may have been single-minded in his purpose has never been supposed.

  • Such men are dangerous in proportion as they are single-minded.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • He and Algernon Sydney are remembered as single-minded and high-souled men.

    Holborn and Bloomsbury

    Sir Walter Besant

  • Even the most sincere and single-minded martyr has an eye on that halo.

    Phyllis of Philistia

    Frank Frankfort Moore

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper