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"particular" in British English

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particularadjective

uk   /pəˈtɪk.jə.lər/ us   /pɚˈtɪk.jə.lɚ/
  • particular adjective (SPECIAL)

B2 [before noun] special, or this and not any other: She wanted a particular type of cactus. He wouldn't take just any book - he had to have this particular one! "Why did you ask?" "Oh, no particular reason, just making conversation."
in particular
B1 especially: What in particular did you like about the last apartment that we saw? Are you looking for anything in particular?

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particularnoun

uk   /pəˈtɪk.jə.lər/ us   /pɚˈtɪk.jə.lɚ/
(Definition of particular from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"particular" in American English

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particularadjective

us   /pərˈtɪk·jə·lər, pəˈtɪk-/
  • particular adjective (SPECIAL)

special or single, or this and not any other: Is there a particular restaurant you’d like to eat at? What in particular (= special things) did you like about the last apartment that we saw?
  • particular adjective (CAREFUL)

wanting to make choices carefully because you are not easily satisfied: She’s very particular about what she eats.
(Definition of particular from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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