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particular

par·tic·u·lar

particular

 
pronunciation:
pr tIk y lr
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or having to do with a single person, thing, or event and not any other.
She keeps her private letters in a particular drawer in her desk.I need to find the particular key that fits that lock.
synonyms:
single, specific
antonyms:
general
similar words:
certain, definite, fixed, individual, special
definition 2: special; unusual.
Mothers have a particular talent for guessing what their children are thinking.
synonyms:
exceptional, peculiar, remarkable, special, unusual
antonyms:
ordinary
similar words:
conspicuous, distinctive, prominent, unique
definition 3: being clearly distinct; specific.
Do you have a particular reason for choosing that one?A poodle is a particular kind of dog.
synonyms:
distinct, individual, peculiar, special, specific
antonyms:
general
similar words:
certain, distinctive, single, unique
definition 4: happy only if everything is just right; hard to please.
My neighbor is very particular about his yard.
similar words:
exacting, selective
 
part of speech: noun
definition: (plural) details or specific information.
I heard they won the game, but I didn't get all the particulars.
synonyms:
details
similar words:
facts, features
Word Parts
The word particular contains the following part:
-ar1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means of, pertaining to, or resembling
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The suffix -ar1attaches to bound Latinate bases to form adjectives. Most adjectives ending in -ar1 combine with the suffix -ity to form nouns ending in -arity. -ar1 is a variant of -al2, -ial that for phonological reasons occurs with bases ending in 'l'.