Meaning of “particular” in the English Dictionary

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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)

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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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Particular attention must be paid to women who find it harder to achieve equality of opportunity, such as women with disabilities, immigrants and heads of families.
I would also like to pay tribute, in particular, to his efforts to include social groups in the work on the report as well.
In particular, let us preserve flexibility and truly open economic and social co-ordination, in other words not covertly proposing standard solutions to everyone.
First, our fisheries activity at international level, and in particular any agreements reached directly with third countries, must be made compatible with our development policy.
Furthermore, the automobile federations' measures will lead to distortions with regard to employment, and, in particular, in the field of sport, which will also be extremely damaging.
Since then, the documents that set out our approach to the negotiations have been widely published, in particular on our website.
Secondly, the promotion of cultural exchanges which respect cultural diversity at world level, in particular by means of a debate on cooperation policies.
We have already mentioned a great many of them, but what strikes me at this stage is the incredible power of propaganda, and in particular of the process of demonisation.
Furthermore, we believe that authorities are never better placed than employers themselves to know who is best suited for a particular post.
I am in agreement with the main objectives of the new employment policy and should like to call attention in particular to the second objective.

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