particular

adjective
par·​tic·​u·​lar | \ pər-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce particular (audio) , pə-, -k(ə-)lər \

Definition of particular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being a single person or thing the particular person I had in mind
2 : of, relating to, or concerned with details gave us a very particular account of the trip
3a : distinctive among other examples or cases of the same general category : notably unusual suffered from measles of particular severity This computer program will be of particular interest to teachers.
b : being one unit or element among others particular incidents in a story
4a : concerned over or attentive to details : meticulous a very particular gardener
b : nice in taste : fastidious She's very particular about her clothes.
c : hard to please : exacting never loses patience even with the most particular customers
5a : denoting an individual member or subclass in logic
b : affirming or denying a predicate to a part of the subject used of a proposition in logic "some men are wise" is a particular affirmative
6 obsolete : partial

particular

noun

Definition of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an individual fact, point, circumstance, or detail a hero in every particular— Ron Fimrite
b : a specific item or detail of information usually used in plural wanted to know all the particulars of the incidentbill of particulars
2a : an individual or a specific subclass (as in logic) falling under some general concept or term
b : a particular proposition in logic
in particular
: in distinction from others : specifically
3 archaic : a separate part of a whole

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Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

circumstantial, minute, particular, detailed mean dealing with a matter fully and usually point by point. circumstantial implies fullness of detail that fixes something described in time and space. a circumstantial account of our visit minute implies close and searching attention to the smallest details. a minute examination of a fossil particular implies a precise attention to every detail. a particular description of the scene of the crime detailed stresses abundance or completeness of detail. a detailed analysis of the event

special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own. special ingredients especial may add implications of preeminence or preference. a matter of especial importance specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species. children with specific nutritional needs particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual. a ballet step of particular difficulty individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group. valued each individual opinion

Noun

item, detail, particular mean one of the distinct parts of a whole. item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated. every item on the list detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process. leave the details to others particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item. a description that included few particulars

Examples of particular in a Sentence

Adjective The computer program will be of particular interest to teachers. Pay particular attention to the poet's choice of words. Our teacher is very particular when it comes to punctuation. Noun They wanted to know the facts down to every particular. requested a bill of particulars for the care he received in the hospital
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Army, in particular, faces its greatest shortfall since the Vietnam era, as leaders contend with low unemployment and a dwindling percentage of Americans qualified to serve. Alex Horton And Rachel Roubein, Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2022 It's also stacked with more unique features; in particular, there is a self-cleaning mode built in. Annie Burdick, PEOPLE.com, 30 July 2022 One in particular inspired Rosenthal to abandon his 30-year family and criminal law practice to go into animal law full time. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 Rohe said one incident in particular last summer spurred the conservative challengers’ bids for the board. Tim Craig, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 The movement of Americans to Mexico in particular reminds me of what happened at the turn of the 20th century, when American industry moved en masse and usurped billions of dollars in wealth while adding nothing to the country except exploitation. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 Smith hopes to exhibit his creations again soon, in particular some of his newest builds. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 Aloe vera plants, in particular, also have medicinal properties and can help heal cuts, burns, and other skin ailments. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 One plant in particular is crucial to the success of monarchs. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The observation has held up over the ages, and there’s no better time to be wary of it than at this particular... Joanna Stern, WSJ, 25 June 2020 Milken’s pardon in particular was backed by many longtime Trump allies. Author: Ellen Milligan, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Feb. 2020 Trade in soybeans and pork in particular has been hit hard as tensions have escalated between the world's two largest economies. Michelle Toh, CNN, 16 Jan. 2020 But many of the other particulars – whether to provide hand sanitizer, how to arrange the aisles, how to handle waiting in line -- falls to local businesses, to corporate executive, to individual shoppers across Alabama. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 30 Apr. 2020 In typical Putin style, the particulars were left vague, to be decided later. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2020 The particulars vary, but drivers often recount having received a ticket for an expired meter, despite paying for time with the Parkmobile app, which became a payment option for many of the city's parking meters in 2015. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 24 Oct. 2019 With so much unknown about the particulars and the practicality of a season, there is no blueprint to even start talks between the league and the players. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2020 Here’s a look at the particulars for other cities: * Anniston had 30.62 inches of rain over the past three months, which is the wettest on record. Leigh Morgan, al, 1 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of particular

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for particular

Adjective and Noun

Middle English particuler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin particularis, from Latin particula small part

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The first known use of particular was in the 14th century

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“Particular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/particular. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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particular

adjective
par·​tic·​u·​lar | \ pər-ˈti-kyə-lər How to pronounce particular (audio) \

Kids Definition of particular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to one person or thing Each city has its particular problems.
2 : not usual : special Pay particular attention to correct spelling.
3 : having strong opinions about what is acceptable He's very particular about food.
4 : being one of several Which particular bike would you like?
5 : concerned about details Our teacher is very particular.
in particular
1 : that can be specifically named I wasn't referring to anyone in particular.
2 : more specially than others : especially She loves flowers and roses in particular.

Other Words from particular

particularly adverb

particular

noun

Kids Definition of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a single fact or detail The account was correct in every particular.

particular

adjective
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Legal Definition of particular

in the civil law of Louisiana : of or relating to a designated property or to the inheritance of it — compare universal

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