Definition of "special" []

  • Surpassing what is common or usual; exceptional: a special occasion; a special treat. (adjective)
  • Distinct among others of a kind: a special type of paint; a special medication for arthritis. (adjective)
  • Primary: His special satisfaction comes from volunteer work. (adjective)
  • Peculiar to a specific person or thing; particular: my own special chair; the special features of a computer. (adjective)
  • Having a limited or specific function, application, or scope: a special role in the mission. (adjective)
  • Distinguished, set apart from, or excelling others of its kind (adjective)

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  • Designed or reserved for a particular purpose (adjective)
  • Not usual or commonplace (adjective)
  • Particular or primary (adjective)
  • Denoting or relating to the education of children with special needs (adjective)
  • A special person or thing, such as an extra edition of a newspaper or a train reserved for a particular purpose (noun)
  • A dish or meal given prominence, esp at a low price, in a café, etc (noun)
  • A convict given special treatment on account of his education, social class, etc (noun)
  • An item in a store that is advertised at a reduced price; a loss leader (noun)
  • To advertise and sell (an item) at a reduced price (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "special" in a sentence
  • "By the term “special” a special mechanical version, special light source or special optical equipment of a lighting fitting is understood."
  • "In suggesting or moving that the committee be a special one, the word “special” is not generally used, the motion being made to refer the question to a committee of five, or any other number, which makes it a special committee; that is, not a standing committee."
  • "The term special markets is used interchangeably with Negro market to describe the Pepsi-Cola campaign, even though the sales team was in the process of redefining its meaning."