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Origin of unique
usage note for unique
The earliest meanings of unique when it entered English around the beginning of the 17th century were “single, sole” and “having no equal.” By the mid-19th century unique had developed a wider meaning, “not typical, unusual,” and it is in this wider sense that it is compared: The foliage on the late-blooming plants is more unique than that on the earlier varieties. The comparison of so-called absolutes in senses that are not absolute is standard in all varieties of speech and writing.
See also a1, complete, perfect.
OTHER WORDS FROM uniqueu·nique·ly, adverbu·nique·ness, nounnon·u·nique, adjectivenon·u·nique·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for unique
TikTok keeps millions of users glued to their screens, and offers unique opportunities for brands to promote their products and go viral by using TikTok for business.
We asked them why they wanted to use us, and how their needs are unique.Are you ready to start traveling for work again? TripActions’ CEO is banking on it|Michal Lev-Ram, writer|September 15, 2020|Fortune
Our database is filled with thousands of big brands, brands you know, websites you visit every day that are struggling with getting their unique, indexable URLs indexed by Google.
In March, the site had 68 million unique users, 136% more than March 2019, according to Comscore.‘We’ve really reset our floor’: How The Atlantic gained 300,000 new subscribers in the past 12 months|Max Willens|September 10, 2020|Digiday
In typical Apple style, the mask looks unique with large coverings on the top and bottom for the wearer’s nose and chin.Apple has developed special face masks for employees|Verne Kopytoff|September 9, 2020|Fortune
Like Edgar, he remembers a unique time when American rappers came down and performed at the Primer Festival de Rap Cubano.
Christmas is unique in that it is a global holiday celebrated all over the world by humanity.
But that was probably the least unique thing about her childhood.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom|Marlow Stern|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Testino was commissioned to create a unique piece of work inspired by the six pillars that define The Macallan.
As Testino explains, he decided to interpret each of the pillars via six unique characters.
The illustration is ludicrously inadequate, as every illustration must be, simply because the human case is unique.Parenthood and Race Culture|Caleb Williams Saleeby
At the same time, nurses thinking about, doing, and describing nursing know that caring has unique and particular meaning to them.Nursing as Caring|Anne Boykin
The Unique Society, above half a year ago, were wrecked on a desert island as they were returning from Gaul.Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle|Clement K. Shorter
This poem is unique, as far as I can discover, in the 1795 edition.The Poems of Philip Freneau, Volume II (of III)|Philip Freneau
“My hat and the butter,” said Anthony meekly, and at this unique combination they both laughed.A Village Stradivarius|Kate Douglas Wiggin
British Dictionary definitions for unique
- leading to only one resultthe sum of two integers is unique
- having precisely one valuethe unique positive square root of 4 is 2