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English definition of “special”

special

adjective
 
/ˈspeʃ·əl/
A2 better or more important than usual things: I’m cooking something special for her birthday.
B1 different from normal things, or used for one purpose: You need to use a special kind of paint on metal.
special attention/treatment treatment that is better than usual
special offer B1 a price that is lower than usual: There’s a special offer on wine this week.
(Definition of special from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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