[ UK /pətˈɪkjʊlɐ/ ]
[ US /ˌpɑˈtɪkjəɫɝ, pɝˈtɪkjəɫɝ/ ]
  1. surpassing what is common or usual or expected
    a matter of particular and unusual importance
    a special reason to confide in her
    a special occasion
    what's so special about the year 2000?
    exceptional kindness
    he paid especial attention to her
  2. first and most important
    his special interest is music
    she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work
  3. providing specific details or circumstances
    a particular description of the room
  4. exacting especially about details
    a finicky eater
    very particular about how her food was prepared
    fussy about clothes
  5. unique or specific to a person or thing or category
    my own special chair
    the particular demands of the job
    has a particular preference for Chinese art
    an expression peculiar to Canadians
    the special features of a computer
    a peculiar bond of sympathy between them
    rights peculiar to the rich
  6. separate and distinct from others of the same group or category
    a man who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him
    interested in one particular artist
  1. (logic) a proposition that asserts something about some (but not all) members of a class
  2. a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
    he always reasons from the particular to the general
  3. a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
    it was perfect in all details
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How To Use particular In A Sentence

  • What we do not know are the precise weighting of factors that go into why prices increase at any particular time.
  • Pay particular attention to zoning in each of the alternatives proposed for your area.
  • The BBC never tires of telling us how passionately it seeks the interest and participation of the public in its political output, particularly the young.
  • If you had to make one for a particular fashion house, what would it be like? Times, Sunday Times
  • Interior spaces may also be gendered: the author explores both the activities particular to women, such as needlework or lace-making, and the objects related to female and maternal domesticity.
  • Washington, who believed liquor a particular scourge among blacks, sent felicitations. LAST CALL
  • Acrylamide is produced during cooking, particularly high-temperature processes such as frying and roasting. Times, Sunday Times
  • Phil always did have the willpower of a particularly suasible flea.
  • But more needs to be done with stories like this particular one, if you want to see your hard work come to fruition in ousting George W. Bush from the White House, along with any other of his cronies who have blood on their hands, from George W. Bush†™ s futile ‘War On Terror†™. Think Progress » 60 Minutes: CIA Official Reveals Bush, Cheney, Rice Were Personally Told Iraq Had No WMD in Fall 2002
  • Also, it is difficult to get across diagrammatically the iterative nature of grounded theory - in particular its commitment to the idea that data collection and analysis occur in parallel.
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