par·​tic·​u·​lar·​ize | \ pər-ˈti-k(yə-)lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce particularize (audio) , pə- also pär- \
particularized; particularizing

Definition of particularize

transitive verb

: to state in detail : specify

intransitive verb

: to go into details

Examples of particularize in a Sentence

My lawyer advised me to particularize all my complaints against my landlord. He said he had been treated rudely, then went on to particularize.
Recent Examples on the Web His Democratic opponent was quick to particularize the term for low-information voters: Barbour had lobbied not only for Big Oil, nuclear power plants, and some more-or-less savory foreign governments. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, "Republicans Have No Brand Problem," 19 Dec. 2019 The Justice Department, which intervened on Trump’s behalf in New York, has taken a narrower approach, saying Vance must prove ‘‘particularized need’’ for the records before they are released to a grand jury., "Trump wants the court to decide the case by late June, under a deal to keep the district attorney from enforcing the subpoena in the meantime. The justices may not decide whether to hear the case for at least another month.," 15 Nov. 2019 That’s a problem built into the bloated mash-up of genres: Comedy is based on particularizing human behavior, but allegory is based on generalizing it. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Terra Firma,’ a Wee Wet Country on the Brink," 10 Oct. 2019 Ida and Wanda are at once archetypes—the Catholic and the Communist; the absolver and the judge—and carefully particularized human beings. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 Within this prison, Ms. Nwandu has been careful to particularize and humanize her main characters so that the tragedy is not just theoretical or surreal. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Waiting for Po-Po in a Searing ‘Pass Over’," 18 June 2018 Photojournalists have deployed a familiar toolbox of artful devices to distill these panoramas of destruction down to human scale, particularize the war and speak to a wider public. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "The Numbing Familiarity of Searing Images From Syria," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of particularize

1593, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Particularize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of particularize

formal : to give specific details or examples of (something)

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