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English adjective: special

1. special unique or specific to a person or thing or category


SamplesThe particular demands of the job.
Has a particular preference for Chinese art.
A peculiar bond of sympathy between them.
An expression peculiar to Canadians.
Rights peculiar to the rich.
The special features of a computer.
My own special chair.


Synonymsparticular, peculiar


Similarspecific


Antonymsgeneral, nonspecific

2. special for a special service or occasion


SamplesA special correspondent.
A special adviser to the committee.
Had to get special permission for the event.


Similarextraordinary


Antonymsordinary

3. special surpassing what is common or usual or expected


SamplesHe paid especial attention to her.
Exceptional kindness.
A matter of particular and unusual importance.
A special occasion.
A special reason to confide in her.
What's so special about the year 2000?.


Synonymsespecial, exceptional, particular


Similaruncommon


Antonymscommon

4. special adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose


SamplesA special kind of paint.
A special medication for arthritis.


Similarspecialised, specialized


Antonymsunspecialised, unspecialized

5. special having a specific function or scope


SamplesA special (or specific) role in the mission.


Synonymslimited


Similarspecific


Antonymsgeneral, nonspecific

6. special first and most important


SamplesHis special interest is music.
She gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work.


Synonymsparticular


Similarprimary


Antonymssecondary

7. special added to a regular schedule


SamplesA special holiday flight.
Put on special buses for the big game.


Synonymsextra


Similarunscheduled


Antonymsscheduled


English noun: special

1. special (communication) a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising


SamplesThey are having a special on pork chops.


Broader (hypernym)offer, offering

2. special (food) a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant


Broader (hypernym)dish

3. special (communication) a television production that features a particular person or work or topic


SamplesThe last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight.


Broader (hypernym)television program, television show, TV program, TV show









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