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English definition of “unique”

unique

adjective     /jʊˈniːk/
B2 being the only existing one of its type or, more generally, unusual, or special in some way: Each person's genetic code is unique except in the case of identical twins. I'd recognize your handwriting anywhere - it's unique. Do not miss this unique opportunity to buy all six pans at half the recommended price. As many as 100 species of fish, some unique to (= only found in) these waters, may have been affected by the pollution.Unique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of quality uniquely     /-li/ adverb Unique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of quality uniqueness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Exceptional qualities, things and people
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