- 1being the only one of its kind Everyone's fingerprints are unique. You can use absolutely, totally, or almost with unique in this meaning.
- 2 very special or unusual a unique talent The preview offers a unique opportunity to see the show without the crowds. The deal will put the company in a unique position to export goods to Asia. You can use more, very, etc. with unique in this meaning.
- 3unique (to somebody/something) belonging to or connected with one particular person, place, or thing an atmosphere that is unique to New York The koala is unique to Australia.
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adverb Her past experience made her uniquely suited to lead the campaign. The U.K., uniquely, has not had to face the problem of mass unemployment. He was a uniquely gifted teacher.
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noun [uncountable] The author stresses the uniqueness of the individual.