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SPECIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does special mean? 

SPECIAL (noun)
  The noun SPECIAL has 3 senses:

1. a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
2. a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
3. a television production that features a particular person or work or topic

  Familiarity information: SPECIAL used as a noun is uncommon.


SPECIAL (adjective)
  The adjective SPECIAL has 7 senses:

1. unique or specific to a person or thing or category
2. for a special service or occasion
3. surpassing what is common or usual or expected
4. adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
5. having a specific function or scope
6. first and most important
7. added to a regular schedule

  Familiarity information: SPECIAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPECIAL (noun)


Sense 1special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

they are having a special on pork chops

Hypernyms ("special" is a kind of...):

offer; offering (something offered (as a proposal or bid))


Sense 2special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("special" is a kind of...):

dish (a particular item of prepared food)


Sense 3special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A television production that features a particular person or work or topic

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight

Hypernyms ("special" is a kind of...):

television program; television show; TV program; TV show (a program broadcast by television)


SPECIAL (adjective)


Sense 1special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unique or specific to a person or thing or category

Synonyms:

special; particular; peculiar

Context examples:

the particular demands of the job / has a particular preference for Chinese art / a peculiar bond of sympathy between them / an expression peculiar to Canadians / rights peculiar to the rich / the special features of a computer / my own special chair

Similar:

specific ((sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique)


Sense 2special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

For a special service or occasion

Context examples:

a special correspondent / a special adviser to the committee / had to get special permission for the event

Similar:

extraordinary (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable)


Sense 3special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surpassing what is common or usual or expected

Synonyms:

especial; exceptional; special; particular

Context examples:

he paid especial attention to her / exceptional kindness / a matter of particular and unusual importance / a special occasion / a special reason to confide in her / what's so special about the year 2000?

Similar:

uncommon (not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind)


Sense 4special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose

Context examples:

a special kind of paint / a special medication for arthritis

Similar:

specialised; specialized (developed or designed for a special activity or function)


Sense 5special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a specific function or scope

Synonyms:

special; limited

Context example:

a special (or specific) role in the mission

Similar:

specific ((sometimes followed by 'to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique)


Sense 6special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

First and most important

Synonyms:

particular; special

Context examples:

his special interest is music / she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work

Similar:

primary (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand)


Sense 7special [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Added to a regular schedule

Synonyms:

extra; special

Context examples:

a special holiday flight / put on special buses for the big game

Similar:

unscheduled (not scheduled or not on a regular schedule)


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