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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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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."