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special

spe·cial

special

 
 
pronunciation:
spe shl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having a distinct or singular character that makes something distinguishable from other members of the same category.
a special type of knee brace
synonyms:
distinct, distinctive, particular, specific, unique
antonyms:
generic
similar words:
certain, definite, different, exact, individual, peculiar, precise, singular
definition 2: unusual or exceptional in a specific way.
a special meaning in his glance
synonyms:
distinctive, especial, exceptional, particular, singular
antonyms:
ordinary, regular
similar words:
characteristic, extraordinary, memorable, novel, peculiar, remarkable, uncommon, unconventional, unorthodox, unusual
definition 3: having a particular or specific function.
his special dutiesa special agent
synonyms:
specialized
antonyms:
regular
similar words:
elite, exclusive, individual, particular, peculiar, personal, private, proper, select, specific
definition 4: singular and notable, as an occasion.
synonyms:
momentous, notable
antonyms:
commonplace, everyday, ordinary
similar words:
distinguished, eminent, especial, extra, extraordinary, golden, great, important, noteworthy, occasional, remarkable, signal, significant, singular
definition 5: highly esteemed; close.
her special friend
synonyms:
bosom, close, intimate
similar words:
ardent, constant, dear, devoted, esteemed, faithful, fast, fervent, good, honored, loyal, respected, steadfast, tight, true
definition 6: additional; extra.
a special offer
synonyms:
extra
similar words:
added, additional, featured
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sale of certain items for reduced prices.
The supermarket had a special last week.
synonyms:
sale
definition 2: an extra edition of a newspaper.
synonyms:
extra
definition 3: a single television program that features a particular subject, such as an issue, event, or person.
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derivation: specially (adv.)
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