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  1. apart from others; separately.
  2. one at a time; as single units.
  3. singlehanded; alone.
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Origin of singly

First recorded in 1250–1300, singly is from the Middle English word senglely. See single, -ly
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separately, severally, apart, independently, particularly, respectively

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British Dictionary definitions for singly


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


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

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