Meaning of “particular” in the English Dictionary

"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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