single-minded

single-minded
ADJ-GRADED
Someone who is single-minded has only one aim or purpose and is determined to achieve it.

They were effective politicians, ruthless and single-minded in their pursuit of political power.

...a single-minded determination to win.

Derived words:
single-mindedly ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV adj

He was single-mindedly devoted to the hastening of freedom for the oppressed.

single-mindedness N-UNCOUNT

...the single-mindedness of the athletes as they train.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • single-minded — adj someone who is single minded has one clear aim and works very hard to achieve it ▪ a tough, single minded lady ▪ He worked with single minded determination. >single mindedly adv >single mindedness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • single-minded — adjective with your attention fixed on only one thing: single minded dedication/devotion/commitment single minded pursuit of success a. not allowing yourself to be influenced by other people: She s always been very single minded in pursuing her… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • single-minded — 1570s, sincere, honest (a sense also in single hearted); meaning having a single aim or purpose is from 1860. See SINGLE (Cf. single) + MINDED (Cf. minded) …   Etymology dictionary

  • single-minded — single mindedly, adv. single mindedness, n. /sing geuhl muyn did/, adj. 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. [1570 80] Syn. 2.… …   Universalium

  • single-minded — sin gle mind ed, a. Having a single purpose; concentrating on a single goal; hence, artless; guileless; single hearted. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • single-minded — [siŋ′gəlmīn′did] adj. 1. SINGLE HEARTED 2. with only one aim or purpose single mindedly adv. single mindedness n …   English World dictionary

  • single-minded — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ concentrating purposefully on one particular thing. DERIVATIVES single mindedly adverb single mindedness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • single-minded — index intense, pertinacious, purposeful, steadfast Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • single-minded — UK / US adjective a) with your attention fixed on only one thing single minded dedication/devotion/commitment single minded pursuit of success b) not allowing yourself to be influenced by other people She s always been very single minded in… …   English dictionary

  • single-minded — adjective someone who is single minded has one clear aim and works very hard to achieve it: Molly worked with single minded determination, letting nothing distract her. single mindedly adverb single mindedness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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