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Meaning of 'special' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Special [ a.]
- Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort.
- Particular; peculiar; different from others; extraordinary; uncommon.
- Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion, or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress; a special sermon.
- Limited in range; confined to a definite field of action, investigation, or discussion; as, a special dictionary of commercial terms; a special branch of study.
- Chief in excellence.
2 . Special [ n.]
- A particular.
- One appointed for a special service or occasion.

Meaning of 'special' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . special [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a television production that features a particular person or work or topic
Example in sentence:
  • the last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight
Meaning (2):
- a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
Example in sentence:
  • they are having a special on pork chops
3 . special [ s]
Meaning (3):
- 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 (4):
- 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 (5):
- having a specific function or scope
Example in sentence:
  • a special (or specific) role in the mission
Meaning (6):
- for a special service or occasion
Example in sentence:
  • a special adviser to the committee;
  • a special correspondent;
  • had to get special permission for the event
Meaning (7):
- added to a regular schedule
Example in sentence:
  • a special holiday flight;
  • put on special buses for the big game
Meaning (8):
- adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
Example in sentence:
  • a special kind of paint;
  • a special medication for arthritis
Meaning (9):
- first and most important
Example in sentence:
  • his special interest is music;
  • she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work