Definition of special in English:

special

Line breaks: spe¦cial
Pronunciation: /ˈspɛʃ(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1Better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual: they always made a special effort at Christmas
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    • Grandad and I have special food, at different times from other people.
    • It seemed different, more special then the rest.
    • As he experimented with special lenses and different exposures and paper, his photography became increasingly art-inspired.
    Synonyms
    momentous, significant, memorable, of moment, signal, important, historic, festive, gala, red-letter
  • 1.1Exceptionally good or pleasant: she’s a very special person
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    • This woman is exceptional, she's special, she's extraordinary and I have great respect for her.
    • I have no special talents, except being able to sing.
    • Once an implant has been installed it can't be uninstalled again except with special equipment.
  • 1.2(Of a subject) studied in particular depth: I wanted to take the Crusades as my special subject
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    • His colleagues would not even respect his views about the teaching of his own special subject.
    • She was not alone in rendering living flowers, but she made them her special subject.
    • Credit cards are subject to extensive regulation, but that is a special topic and put to one side.
  • 2Belonging specifically to a particular person or place: we want to preserve our town’s special character
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    • Yuliana belongs to a special caste in classical ballet - she is a character dancer.
    • This title belongs under that extra special list of films that are so bad they're good.
    • The special character of South Germany was expressed in the liberal subculture, which had lasting-power and prolonged success.
    Synonyms
    distinctive, distinct, individual, particular, specific, certain, peculiar, definite, express, precise
  • 2.1Designed or organized for a particular person, purpose, or occasion: we will return by special coaches
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    • High-heel shoes are probably one of the most favorite designs women choose for their special occasions.
    • General purpose home computers will gather dust as special purpose machines with cool designs and unbreakable software take over.
    • Asparagus is normally cooked, preferably by steaming in the special tall utensil designed for the purpose.
    Synonyms
    specific, particular, purpose-built, tailor-made, custom-built
  • 2.2Used to denote education for children with particular needs, especially those with learning difficulties.
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    • You get more money for your school district for special education.
    • She graduated high school on time and entered the UVic English program with the goal of eventually becoming a special education teacher for the blind.
    • If one failed re-education, they were dubbed as mentally inept, and put into a school for special education students.
  • 3 Mathematics Denoting a group consisting of matrices of unit determinant.

noun

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  • 1A thing, such as a product or broadcast, that is designed or organized for a particular occasion or purpose: television’s election night specials
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    • During the late 1950s, several hour-long specials were also broadcast.
    • It will air this Sunday night as a television special on ABC.
    • The artist had created several animated commercials and specials for television.
  • 1.1A dish not on the regular menu at a restaurant but served on a particular day: customers queue for such specials as vegetable lasagne
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    • Restaurants run food specials for a number of reasons, sometimes because the chef found certain ingredients at a reduced price.
    • The fine-dining restaurant specialises in Californian-influenced Italian cuisine including shrimp and lobster specials served to the sounds of a live jazz band.
    • Delicious weekly specials augment a superb menu, with a robust selection of favorites from America's four corners.
  • 1.2A person assigned to a special duty; a special constable or special correspondent: he was one of a detachment of two white policemen and two native specials
  • 1.3 informal A product or service offered at a temporarily reduced price: Mrs Hill was a careful shopper, choosing house brands and in-store specials
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    • There are reduced rates and specials being offered within other sections of the market.
    • They offer a handful of weekly specials but otherwise keep prices relatively high.
    • Wellington is awash in curry houses, thus they tend to offer specials to entice you to eat there.

Derivatives

specialness

noun
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  • We'd like to believe that our apprehensions signify our specialness.
  • The specialness of the cinema - and its concomitant rules, including silence, and rituals, such as dressing-up - has gone.
  • The picture of salmon swimming against strong current or leaping waterfalls confirms the specialness of this animal.

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French especial 'especial' or Latin specialis, from species 'appearance' (see species).

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