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Meaning of 'particular' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Particular [ a.]
- Relating to a part or portion of anything; concerning a part separated from the whole or from others of the class; separate; sole; single; individual; specific; as, the particular stars of a constellation.
- Of or pertaining to a single person, class, or thing; belonging to one only; not general; not common; hence, personal; peculiar; singular.
- Separate or distinct by reason of superiority; distinguished; important; noteworthy; unusual; special; as, he brought no particular news; she was the particular belle of the party.
- Concerned with, or attentive to, details; minute; circumstantial; precise; as, a full and particular account of an accident; hence, nice; fastidious; as, a man particular in his dress.
- Containing a part only; limited; as, a particular estate, or one precedent to an estate in remainder.
- Holding a particular estate; as, a particular tenant.
- Forming a part of a genus; relatively limited in extension; affirmed or denied of a part of a subject; as, a particular proposition; -- opposed to universal: e. g. (particular affirmative) Some men are wise; (particular negative) Some men are not wise.
2 . Particular [ n.]
- A separate or distinct member of a class, or part of a whole; an individual fact, point, circumstance, detail, or item, which may be considered separately; as, the particulars of a story.
- Special or personal peculiarity, trait, or character; individuality; interest, etc.
- One of the details or items of grounds of claim; -- usually in the pl.; also, a bill of particulars; a minute account; as, a particular of premises.

Meaning of 'particular' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . particular [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a fact about some part (as opposed to general)
Example in sentence:
  • he always reasons from the particular to the general
Meaning (2):
- a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
Example in sentence:
  • it was perfect in all details
3 . particular [ s]
Meaning (3):
- exacting especially about details
Example in sentence:
  • a finicky eater;
  • fussy about clothes;
  • very particular about how her food was prepared
Meaning (4):
- separate and distinct from others of the same group or category
Example in sentence:
  • a man who wishes to make a particular woman fall in love with him;
  • interested in one particular artist
Meaning (5):
- surpassing what is common or usual or expected
Example in sentence:
  • a matter of particular and unusual importance;
  • a special occasion;
  • a special reason to confide in her;
  • exceptional kindness;
  • he paid especial attention to her;
  • what's so special about the year 2000?
Meaning (6):
- providing specific details or circumstances
Example in sentence:
  • a particular description of the room
Meaning (7):
- unique or specific to a person or thing or category
Example in sentence:
  • a peculiar bond of sympathy between them;
  • an expression peculiar to Canadians;
  • has a particular preference for Chinese art;
  • my own special chair;
  • rights peculiar to the rich;
  • the particular demands of the job;
  • the special features of a computer
Meaning (8):
- first and most important
Example in sentence:
  • his special interest is music;
  • she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work