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Definitions of special

  1. added to a regular schedule; " a special holiday flight"; " put on special buses for the big game"
  2. having a specific function or scope; " a special ( or specific) role in the mission"
  3. first and most important; " his special interest is music"; " she gets special ( or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"
  4. 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"
  5. a special offering ( usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising; " they are having a special on pork chops"
  6. a dish or meal given prominence in e. g. a restaurant
  7. for a special service or occasion; " a special correspondent"; " a special adviser to the committee"; " had to get special permission for the event"
  8. adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose; " a special kind of paint"; " a special medication for arthritis"
  9. Of or pertaining to a species; constituting a species or sort.
  10. Appropriate; designed for a particular purpose, occasion, or person; as, a special act of Parliament or of Congress; a special sermon.
  11. 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.
  12. Chief in excellence.
  13. A particular.
  14. One appointed for a special service or occasion.
  15. Pertaining to, or forming, a species or sort; as, the special characteristics of man; designed for a particular purpose; as, a special course of study; different from others; uncommon; particular; as, a special favor.
  16. Specially.
  17. Of a species or sort: particular: distinctive: uncommon: designed for a particular purpose: confined to a particular subject.
  18. Designating a species; distinctive; particular; specific.
  19. Singular; unique; particular; specific; diffrential.
  20. Designating a species or sort; particular; peculiar; designed for a particular purpose; extraordinary; for a particular subject; chief in excellence.
  21. A person or thing specially appointed. Special grace, the renewing and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit. Special pleading, the allegation of special new matter; pleading to gain a special point. Special verdict, one in which the facts of the case are found by the jury, and the law is submitted to the judges.
  22. Pert. to a species or sort; particular; designed for a particular purpose; confined to some particular department or subject; extraordinary.
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Usage examples for special

  1. He went out into the hall and looked into the doctor's face- he had forgotten that this old fellow knew nothing of his special reason for deadly fear. – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  2. Some of my neighbours, who were special constables, hurried by. – Waiting for Daylight by Henry Major Tomlinson
  3. Bunny had a special set of " oilskins," as they are called, for himself. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  4. " Here is something very special Miss Jane Morton wished me to give you. – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
  5. Why, you must have received a fortune since you took up these special cases. – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  6. Father is very proud of him, and he is the old General's special pet, and half lives there when he is at home. – Betty Trevor by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  7. A special favour, won't you? – Bird of Paradise by Ada Leverson
  8. Wear it to school one day, if you want to, and then keep it for special times. – Four Little Blossoms and Their Winter Fun by Mabel C. Hawley
  9. They know we are special among women. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  10. Once that happens, there's nothing left that makes this place special. – Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  11. The reasons are special for twelve o'clock. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  12. Is the special wire set up yet? – Hoofbeats on the Turnpike by Mildred A. Wirt
  13. She arrived by a special train at twelve lawst night, sir. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  14. " To the King I cannot speak, for special reasons," continued the woman. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  15. In any case, I expect to be in Washington in September for a meeting of our special committee. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. Then comes the " Special Idea." – From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade by Frederic C. Curry
  17. Thereupon he sat down, took a sheet of note- paper, wrote a letter and sent it off by special messenger. – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  18. It is a slow train the next, and we are a special express. – The Passenger from Calais by Arthur Griffiths
  19. I had to make a special trip to buy it. – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  20. Norah wished she knew a little more about her new " case"; if he were very weak- if special food were needed. – Captain Jim by Mary Grant Bruce
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