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English definition of “special”

special

adjective [before noun] (PARTICULAR)    /ˈspeʃ.əl/
B1 having a particular purpose : Firefighters use special breathing equipment in smoky buildings . Some of the children have special educational needs . You need special tyres on your car for snow . She works as a special adviser to the president .Particular and individual
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