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special (ˈspɛʃəl)
1.  distinguished, set apart from, or excelling others of its kind
2.  (prenominal) designed or reserved for a particular purpose: a special tool for working leather
3.  not usual or commonplace
4.  (prenominal) particular or primary: his special interest was music
5.  denoting or relating to the education of physically or mentally handicapped children: a special school
6.  a special person or thing, such as an extra edition of a newspaper or a train reserved for a particular purpose
7.  a dish or meal given prominence, esp at a low price, in a café, etc
8.  slang (Austral) history a convict given special treatment on account of his education, social class, etc
9.  short for special constable
10.  informal (Austral), (NZ), (US), (Canadian) an item in a store that is advertised at a reduced price; a loss leader
vb , -cials, -cialling, -cialled
11.  informal (NZ) to advertise and sell (an item) at a reduced price: we are specialling butter this week
[C13: from Old French especial, from Latin speciālis individual, special, from speciēs appearance, species]

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1. a distinguishing trait [syn: peculiarity
2. the quality of being particular and pertaining to a specific case or instance; "the particularity of human situations" [syn: particularity] [ant: generality
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