Definition of Special

1. Adjective. Unique or specific to a person or thing or category. "My own special chair"

Exact synonyms: Particular, Peculiar
Similar to: Specific
Derivative terms: Particularity, Specialness

2. Noun. A special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising. "They are having a special on pork chops"
Generic synonyms: Offer, Offering

3. Adjective. For a special service or occasion. "Had to get special permission for the event"
Similar to: Extraordinary
Derivative terms: Specialness

4. Noun. A dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant.
Generic synonyms: Dish

5. Adjective. Surpassing what is common or usual or expected. "What's so special about the year 2000?"
Exact synonyms: Especial, Exceptional, Particular
Similar to: Uncommon
Derivative terms: Specialness

6. Noun. A television production that features a particular person or work or topic. "The last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight"

7. Adjective. Adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose. "A special medication for arthritis"
Similar to: Specialised, Specialized
Derivative terms: Specialness

8. Adjective. Having a specific function or scope. "A special (or specific) role in the mission"
Exact synonyms: Limited
Similar to: Specific
Derivative terms: Speciality, Specialness

9. Adjective. First and most important. "She gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"
Exact synonyms: Particular
Similar to: Primary
Derivative terms: Speciality, Specialness

10. Adjective. Added to a regular schedule. "Put on special buses for the big game"
Exact synonyms: Extra
Similar to: Unscheduled

Definition of Special

1. a. Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort.

2. n. A particular.

Definition of Special

1. Adjective. Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality. ¹

2. Adjective. Of particular interest or value; certain; dear; beloved; favored. ¹

3. Adjective. (euphemistic) Retarded; mentally handicapped ¹

4. Adjective. Constituting or relating to a species. ¹

5. Noun. A reduction in consumer cost (usually for a limited time) for items or services rendered. ¹

6. Noun. (broadcasting) Unusual or exceptional episode of a series ¹

7. Noun. (British colloquial) A special constable. ¹

8. Noun. Anything that is not according to normal practice, plan, or schedule, as an unscheduled run of transportation that is normally scheduled. ¹

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Definition of Special

1. of a distinct or particular kind or character [adj -CIALER, -CIALEST] / a special person or thing [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Special

spec home
spec homes
spec script
spec scripts
special (current term)
special K
special act
special agent
special anatomy
special aquatic site
special attack
special attacks
special constable
special constables
special contract
special court-martial
special creation

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