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English definition of “special”

special

adjective (NOT USUAL)    /ˈspeʃ.əl/
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.Unique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of quality 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.Unique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of quality
(Definition of special adjective (NOT USUAL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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