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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


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.



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



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.



Antonymsgeneral, nonspecific

6. special first and most important

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




7. special added to a regular schedule

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




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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