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
  1. verb
    select from a group
    “She was singled out for her outstanding performance”
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    type of:
    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  2. verb
    treat differently on the basis of sex or race
    synonyms: 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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