single out

To single out is to focus on just one person in a larger group, either for special recognition or treatment. Your art teacher might single out one student each year to show their work at a gallery.

Even when all of your friends have been misbehaving, your parents might single you out for punishment or criticism. And during World War II, the US government unfortunately singled out Japanese-Americans, requiring them to live in internment camps until the end of the war. A restaurant owner, on the other hand, might single out an important food writer they recognize, giving them extra special service.

Definitions of single out

v select from a group

“She was singled out for her outstanding performance”
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v treat differently on the basis of sex or race

discriminate, separate
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insulate, isolate
place or set apart
hive off
remove from a group and make separate
separate by race or religion; practice a policy of racial segregation
discriminate in selling or renting housing in certain areas of a neighborhood
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
separate or isolate (one thing) from another and place in a group apart from others
ghettoise, ghettoize
put in a ghetto
seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister
seclude, sequester, sequestrate, withdraw
keep away from others
place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons
leave stranded on a desert island without resources
hamper, handicap, hinder
put at a disadvantage
disadvantage by prejudice
Type of:
differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart
mark as different

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