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specialadjective

 us   /ˈspeʃ·əl/

special adjective (NOT USUAL)

not ordinary or usual: a special occasion special attention/treatment The car has a number of special safety features. Is there anything special you’d like to do today? The magazine published a special anniversary issue. Special can also mean unusually great or important: You’re very special to me.

special adjective (PARTICULAR)

[not gradable] having a particular purpose: Kevin goes to a special school for the blind. She’s a special correspondent for National Public Radio.

specialnoun [C]

 us   /ˈspeʃ·əl/

special noun [C] (THING NOT USUALLY AVAILABLE)

something that is not usually available: There’s a two-hour special (= a television program that is not regularly shown) on the Olympics tonight. Our restaurant’s specials today are pasta primavera, baked chicken with rice, and shrimp scampi (= these foods are not always sold). A special is also the sale of goods at a reduced price: The store had a special on lawn furniture this week.
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