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 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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The first known use of particularize was in 1593

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English Language Learners Definition of particularize

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

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an agreement to stop fighting a war

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