particular

[[t]pə(r)tɪ̱kjʊlə(r)[/t]]
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1) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You use particular to emphasize that you are talking about one thing or one kind of thing rather than other similar ones.

I remembered a particular story about a postman who was a murderer...

I have to know exactly why it is I'm doing a particular job.

...if there are particular things you're interested in.

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2) ADJ: ADJ n If a person or thing has a particular quality or possession, it is distinct and belongs only to them.

I have a particular responsibility to ensure I make the right decision...

Fatigue is a particular problem for women.

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3) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You can use particular to emphasize that something is greater or more intense than usual.

Particular emphasis will be placed on oral language training.

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4) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ about n If you say that someone is particular, you mean that they choose things and do things very carefully, and are not easily satisfied.

Ted was very particular about the colors he used.

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5) See also particulars
6) PHRASE: PHR with cl/group You use in particular to indicate that what you are saying applies especially to one thing or person.

The situation in Ethiopia in particular is worrying...

Why should he notice her car in particular?...

In particular I admire Gary Lineker.

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7) PHRASE You use nothing in particular or nobody in particular to mean nothing or nobody important or special.

I went along thinking of nothing in particular only looking at things around me...

Drew made some remarks to nobody in particular and said goodbye.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Particular — Par*tic u*lar, a. [OE. particuler, F. particulier, L. particularis. See {Particle}.] 1. Relating to a part or portion of anything; concerning a part separated from the whole or from others of the class; separate; sole; single; individual;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • particular — PARTICULÁR, Ă, particulari, e, adj., s.m. I. adj. 1. Care este propriu unei singure fiinţe, unui singur lucru sau unei singure categorii de fiinţe sau de lucruri; specific, caracteristic, particularist1. ♢ Loc adv. În particular = în mod deosebit …   Dicționar Român

  • particular — adjetivo 1. Que es propio de una sola persona o cosa y no de otras: Un rasgo particular suyo es la valentía. Mi opinión particular es que eso no está bien. 2. Que es concreto, determinado o singular en contraposición a general o universal: Es un… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • particular — (Del lat. particulāris). 1. adj. Propio y privativo de algo, o que le pertenece con singularidad. 2. Especial, extraordinario, o pocas veces visto en su línea. 3. Singular o individual, como contrapuesto a universal o general. 4. Dicho de una… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Particular — Par*tic u*lar, n. 1. A separate or distinct member of a class, or part of a whole; an individual fact, point, circumstance, detail, or item, which may be considered separately; as, the particulars of a story. [1913 Webster] Particulars which it… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • particular — par·tic·u·lar adj in the civil law of Louisiana: of or relating to a designated property or to the inheritance of it compare universal Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • particular — [pär tik′yə lər] adj. [ME particuler < MFr < LL particularis < L particula,PARTICLE] 1. of or belonging to a single, definite person, part, group, or thing; not general; distinct 2. apart from any other; regarded separately; specific [to …   English World dictionary

  • particular — In its meaning ‘considered as distinct from others’, particular plays a useful identifying or emphasizing role: • For this particular show there is an audience…and they arrive at 7.30 p.m. Guardian, 1970. In other cases, it can be superfluous: •… …   Modern English usage

  • particular — [adj1] exact, specific accurate, appropriate, blow by blow*, circumstantial, clocklike, detailed, distinct, especial, express, full, individual, intrinsic, itemized, limited, local, meticulous, minute, painstaking, particularized, peculiar,… …   New thesaurus

  • particular — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to an individual member of a specified group or class. 2) more than is usual; special: particular care. 3) fastidious about something. ► NOUN ▪ a detail. ● in particular Cf. ↑in particula …   English terms dictionary

  • particular — adj. 2 g. 1. Que pertence a um só, que é próprio de certas pessoas ou de certas coisas. 2. Peculiar, especial. 3. Individual. 4. Singular. 5. Extraordinário. 6. Privado. 7. Reservado. 8. Íntimo. • s. m. 9. O que é particular. 10. Circunstância… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

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