American English

Definition of particular adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[only before noun] used to emphasize that you are referring to one individual person, thing, or type of thing and not others synonym specific There is one particular patient I'd like you to see. Is there a particular type of book he enjoys?
  2. 2[only before noun] greater than usual; special We must pay particular attention to this point. These documents are of particular interest.
  3. 3particular (about/over something) very definite about what you like and careful about what you choose synonym fussy She's very particular about her clothes.
  4. Idioms
      in particular
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    1. 1especially or particularly He loves science fiction in particular. Language Bankemphasishighlighting an important point This case emphasizes/highlights the importance of honest communication between managers and employees. Effective communication skills are essential/crucial/vital. It should be noted that this study considers only verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is not dealt with here. It is important to remember that/An important point to remember is that non-verbal communication plays a key role in getting your message across. Communication is not only about the words you use but also your body language and, especially/above all, how effectively you listen. I would like to draw attention to the role of listening in effective communication. Choose your words carefully:in particular, avoid confusing and ambiguous language. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you must learn to listen as well as to speak.
    2. 2special or specific Peter was lying on the sofa doing nothing in particular. Is there anything in particular you'd like for dinner? She directed the question at no one in particular.
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