Definition of particular adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈtɪkjələ(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈtɪkjələr//
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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. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French particuler, from Latin particularis ‘concerning a small part’, from particula ‘small part’.Extra examples He examined the corpse, paying particular attention to the hands. Here, in no particular order , is a selection of readers’ comments. She didn’t appreciate his particular brand of humour. The chemicals pose a particular threat to water quality. The high inflation rates were of particular concern. The motives influencing a particular individual may change from time to time. The policy seems to discriminate against particular groups of people. The tour included visits to two buildings of particular interest. There is one particular patient I’d like you to see. There were two developments of particular importance. When studying a novel it is worth paying particular attention to the beginning and ending.Idioms
    1. 1  especially 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, the effectiveness with which 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. 2  special 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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