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"special" in American English

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specialadjective

us   /ˈspeʃ·əl/
  • special adjective (NOT USUAL)

not ordinary or usual: a special occasion special attention/treatment The car has a number of special safety features. Is there anything special you’d like to do today? The magazine published a special anniversary issue.
Special can also mean unusually great or important: You’re very special to me.
  • special adjective (PARTICULAR)

[not gradable] having a particular purpose: Kevin goes to a special school for the blind. She’s a special correspondent for National Public Radio.

specialnoun [C]

us   /ˈspeʃ·əl/
  • special noun [C] (THING NOT USUALLY AVAILABLE)

something that is not usually available: There’s a two-hour special (= a television program that is not regularly shown) on the Olympics tonight. Our restaurant’s specials today are pasta primavera, baked chicken with rice, and shrimp scampi (= these foods are not always sold).
A special is also the sale of goods at a reduced price: The store had a special on lawn furniture this week.
(Definition of special from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"special" in British English

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specialadjective

uk   /ˈspeʃ.əl/ us   /ˈspeʃ.əl/
  • special adjective (NOT USUAL)

A2 not ordinary or usual: The car has a number of special safety features. Is there anything special that you'd like to do today? Passengers should tell the airline in advance if they have any special dietary needs. I don't expect special treatment - I just want to be treated fairly. Full details of the election results will be published in a special edition of tomorrow's newspaper. I have a suit for special occasions. There's a special offer on peaches (UK also peaches are on special offer) (= they are being sold at a reduced price) this week.
A2 especially great or important, or having a quality that most similar things or people do not have: Could I ask you a special favour? I'm cooking something special for her birthday.

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specialnoun [C]

uk   /ˈspeʃ.əl/ us   /ˈspeʃ.əl/
a television programme that is made for a particular reason or occasion and is not part of a series: a three-hour election night special
a dish that is available in a restaurant on a particular day that is not usually available: Today's specials are written on the board.
mainly US a product that is being sold at a reduced price for a short period: Today's specials include T-shirts for only $2.99.
(Definition of special from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"special" in Business English

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specialadjective

uk   /ˈspeʃəl/ us  
not ordinary or usual: Hongkong has a special relationship with the world's financial markets.
having a particular purpose: special representative/adviser/committee

specialnoun [C]

uk   /ˈspeʃəl/ us  
a product that is being sold at a reduced price for a short period: a special on sth This week we have a special on children's toys.
(Definition of special from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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