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special British & World English

Better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual

special English Thesaurus

they always make a special effort at Christmas

extra special British & World English

Particularly good or significant

special case British & World English

A situation or person that has unusual qualities or needs

special jury British & World English

A jury with members of a particular social standing

special needs British & World English

(In the context of children at school) particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioural difficulties

special sort British & World English

A character, such as an accented letter or a symbol, that is not normally included in any font

special team British & World English

A squad that is used for kick-offs, punts, and other special plays

Special Branch British & World English

(In the UK) the police department dealing with political security

special edition British & World English

An edition of a newspaper, magazine, television programme, etc. which differs from the usual format, especially in concentrating on one particularly important story

special effect British & World English

An illusion created for films and television by props, camerawork, computer graphics, etc.

special forces British & World English

The units of a country’s armed forces that undertake covert, counterterrorist, and other specialized operations

special licence British & World English

A licence allowing a marriage to take place at a time or place not normally permitted

special school British & World English

(In the UK) a school catering for children with special needs

special verdict British & World English

A verdict that requires an answer to one or more specific detailed questions, with the application of the law left up to the judge

special constable British & World English

(In the UK) a person who is trained to act as a police officer on particular occasions, especially in times of emergency

special delivery British & World English

(In the UK) guaranteed delivery of a letter within the UK the day after posting

special intention British & World English

(In the Roman Catholic Church) a special aim or purpose for which a mass is celebrated or prayers are said

Special Olympics British & World English

An international competition, modeled on the Olympic Games, in which mentally and physically handicapped athletes compete

special pleading British & World English

Argument in which the speaker deliberately ignores aspects that are unfavourable to their point of view

special correspondent British & World English

A journalist writing for a newspaper on special events or a special area of interest

Special Air Service British & World English

(In the UK) a specialist army regiment trained in commando techniques of warfare, formed during the Second World War and used in clandestine operations, frequently against terrorists

Special Boat Service British & World English

(In the UK) a nautical counterpart of the SAS, provided by the Royal Marines

Saturday night special British & World English

A cheap low-calibre pistol or revolver, easily obtained and concealed

special development area British & World English

(In the UK) a district for which special economic provision is made in legislation

special drawing rights British & World English

A form of international money, created by the International Monetary Fund, and defined as a weighted average of various convertible currencies

special interest group British & World English

A group of people or an organization seeking or receiving special advantages, typically through political lobbying

Special Operations Executive British & World English

A secret British military service during the Second World War, set up in 1940 to carry out clandestine operations and coordinate with resistance movements in Europe and later East Asia

on special offer in on offer British & World English

Available for sale at a reduced price

arrangement British & World English

An agreement with someone to do something

special area in special development area British & World English

(In the UK) a district for which special economic provision is made in legislation

on special offer in offer British & World English

Available for sale at a reduced price

relativity British & World English

The dependence of various physical phenomena on relative motion of the observer and the observed objects, especially regarding the nature and behaviour of light, space, time, and gravity

special theory of relativity in relativity British & World English

The absence of standards of absolute and universal application