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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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  • particular adjective (NOT EASILY SATISFIED)

C1 [after verb] not ​easilysatisfied and ​demanding that ​closeattention should be given to every ​detail: He's very particular about the ​kitchen - everything has to be ​perfectlyclean and in ​itsplace. She's very particular about what she ​eats.

particularnoun

uk   /pəˈtɪk.jʊ.lər/  us   /pɚˈtɪk.jə.lɚ/
particulars [plural] details or ​information about a ​person or an ​event, ​especially when ​officiallyrecorded: There's a ​form for you to ​note down all ​your particulars.the particular formal If you are ​considering the particular, you are ​consideringsingleexamplesrather than ​generalmatters or ​ideas: The ​reportfocuses on the particular ​rather than the ​general and so doesn't ​draw any ​overallconclusions.
(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 ​choicescarefully because you are not ​easilysatisfied: She’s very particular about what she ​eats.
(Definition of particular from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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