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Meaning of “unique” in the English Dictionary

"unique" in British English

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uniqueadjective

uk   us   /jʊˈniːk/
B2 being the only ​existing one of ​itstype or, more ​generally, ​unusual, or ​special in some way: Each person's ​geneticcode is unique except in the ​case of ​identicaltwins. I'd ​recognizeyourhandwritinganywhere - it's unique. Do not ​miss this unique ​opportunity to ​buy all six ​pans at ​half the ​recommendedprice. As many as 100 ​species of ​fish, some unique to (= only ​found in) these ​waters, may have been ​affected by the ​pollution.

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uniquely
adverb uk   us   /-li/
He's uniquely ​qualified to ​run this ​agency.
uniqueness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of unique from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unique" in American English

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uniqueadjective

 us   /jʊˈnik/
being the only ​existing one of ​itstype or, more ​generally, ​unusual or ​special in some way: Each person’s ​DNA is unique.
uniquely
adverb  us   /jʊˈni·kli/
He's uniquely ​qualified to ​run this ​agency.
uniqueness
noun [U]  /jʊˈnik·nəs/
(Definition of unique from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unique" in Business English

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uniqueadjective

uk   us   /juːˈniːk/
something that is unique is unusual or the only one of its ​type: Fast-growing ​companies are in a unique ​position to ​attract the best ​candidates. Over the past 15 ​years, she has made a unique ​contribution to the country's ​businessenvironment. a unique ​opportunity/set of circumstances
a unique problem, ​challenge, etc. is difficult to ​deal with because it has never ​happened before: The recent ​financialcrisis has posed some unique ​challenges for ​governments.
if something is unique to a ​place or ​situation, it only exists in that ​place or ​situation: Many of our problems are unique to our ​profession.
(Definition of unique from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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