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Definition 1: a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where special or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they are having a special on pork chops

(special is a kind of ...) something offered (as a proposal or bid)

"noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds"

Definition 2: a television production that features a particular person or work or topic - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where special or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(special is a kind of ...) a program broadcast by television

Definition 3: a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant - [noun denoting food]

(special is a kind of ...) a particular item of prepared food

"she prepared a special dish for dinner"

Definition 4: for a special service or occasion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where special or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(special is similar to ...) beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable

"extraordinary authority" "an extraordinary achievement" "her extraordinary beauty" "enjoyed extraordinary popularity" "an extraordinary capacity for work" "an extraordinary session of the legislature"

Definition 5: first and most important - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where special or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for special in the sense of this definition

(special is similar to ...) of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

"primary goals" "a primary effect" "primary sources" "a primary interest"

Definition 6: adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where special or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a special kind of paint
  • a special medication for arthritis

(special is similar to ...) developed or designed for a special activity or function

"a specialized tool"

Definition 7: having a specific function or scope - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where special or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a special (or specific) role in the mission

Synonyms for special in the sense of this definition

(special is similar to ...) (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique

"rules with specific application" "demands specific to the job" "a specific and detailed account of the accident"

Definition 8: surpassing what is common or usual or expected - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where special or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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?

Synonyms for special in the sense of this definition

(special is similar to ...) not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind

"uncommon birds" "frost and floods are uncommon during these months" "doing an uncommon amount of business" "an uncommon liking for money" "he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability"

Definition 9: added to a regular schedule - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where special or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for special in the sense of this definition

(special is similar to ...) not scheduled or not on a regular schedule

"an unscheduled meeting" "the plane made an unscheduled stop at Gander for refueling"

Definition 10: unique or specific to a person or thing or category - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where special or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for special in the sense of this definition

(special is similar to ...) (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique

"rules with specific application" "demands specific to the job" "a specific and detailed account of the accident"

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