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 pluralwanted 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 & Antonyms for particular

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That’s a particular concern at schools such as UC Berkeley, where about 70% of students live off campus, in a dense urban setting. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Parties, beer and coronavirus: Surge in cases among young people threatens colleges’ reopening plans," 10 July 2020 The report does not recommend if the city would be able to find the money to pay the detectives more money, a particular concern in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic has impacted local governments. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "For second time in 4 years, experts tell Cleveland police they need more detectives to solve city’s increasing number of homicides," 7 July 2020 Of particular concern is a stipulation saying students won't be exempt from the rules even if an outbreak forces their schools online during the fall term. Collin Binkley, Anchorage Daily News, "Foreign students must take classes in person to stay in U.S. legally this fall, ICE says," 7 July 2020 Of particular concern is a stipulation saying students won’t be exempt from the rules even if an outbreak forces their schools online during the fall term. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, "New ICE guidelines take Zoom U off table for foreign students," 7 July 2020 But of particular concern is the group's malaria vaccine, which was set to start a trial that could lead to it being licensed, Hill explained. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, "Ending the coronavirus pandemic could cause over 1 million extra deaths from other diseases, experts warn," 6 July 2020 Of particular concern is what effect having two full football seasons in one calendar year would have on the players. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "A spring football season is a plan, but it shouldn't be the primary plan," 6 July 2020 Natanz remains of particular concern to Tehran as it has been targeted for sabotage before. Fox News, "Iran nuclear site fire hit centrifuge facility, analysts say," 4 July 2020 Natanz also remains of particular concern to Tehran as it has been targeted for sabotage before. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "US analysts say fire at Iran nuclear site hit new centrifuge production plant," 3 July 2020 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, "The Apple Devices You Should—and Should NOT—Buy Right Now," 25 June 2020 Milken’s pardon in particular was backed by many longtime Trump allies. Author: Ellen Milligan, Anchorage Daily News, "Lawyers say Assange was offered a pardon if he ‘played ball’ over DNC leaks," 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, "China just agreed to buy $200 billion worth of US goods," 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, "Alabama’s coronavirus reopening plan ‘puts emphasis on personal responsibility’," 30 Apr. 2020 In typical Putin style, the particulars were left vague, to be decided later. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Vladimir Putin Positions Himself to Become Russia’s Eternal Leader," 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, "Royal Oak parking app stirs debate over tickets: User error — or technical glitch?," 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, "A Return for Baseball Would Require a New Debate," 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, "2020 so far the wettest ever for several Alabama cities," 1 Apr. 2020

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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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31 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Particular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/particular. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for particular

particular

adjective
How to pronounce particular (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of particular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to indicate that one specific person or thing is being referred to and no others
: special or more than usual
: having very definite opinions about what is good or acceptable

particular

noun

English Language Learners Definition of particular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a specific detail or piece of information

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
par·​tic·​u·​lar

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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