Definition of particular in English:



  • 1[attributive] Used to single out an individual member of a specified group or class:

    ‘the action seems to discriminate against a particular group of companies’
    • ‘Looking around, I noticed waves of smell emanating from a particular individual, who was also shopping.’
    • ‘Most of the inmates of this particular prison are members or sympathisers of the local separatist movement in the province.’
    • ‘It is an ideal opportunity for the general public to pay tribute to the hard work of particular individuals in their area of expertise.’
    • ‘Well, I'm not sure that this particular individual speaks for the entire military.’
    • ‘There are some, usually more sensitive individuals, who avoid particular passageways for this reason.’
    • ‘One particular family member of mine has never been single, as long as I've been alive.’
    • ‘The problem is not a problem of particular individuals, but a broader societal and structural problem.’
    • ‘For his part, the chef has to strive to make the customer understand the individuality of a particular preparation.’
    • ‘So they are really generational studies told through the lens of particular individuals.’
    • ‘The president has agreed to an examination by the members of that particular commission.’
    • ‘Do individual members have particular styles of which they're in charge?’
    • ‘Radicals believed there should only be three large wards to stop certain powerful individuals controlling particular areas.’
    • ‘We took that name and ran it and it came back to this particular individual.’
    • ‘The attacks were generally very personal and adopted a sneering tone towards particular individuals.’
    • ‘Which brings us back to where we started: What qualifies you to be a practicing member of a particular religion?’
    • ‘At each meeting a ‘wish list’ is compiled of particular issues that members wish to pursue.’
    • ‘Why do individuals, societies and particular classes or ethnic groups eat specific foods?’
    • ‘What is it that keeps us all so interested in these particular individuals?’
    • ‘Almost every family in this village has one or more of its members working in this particular business sector.’
    • ‘First, it's one thing to say individual people have particular traits that help us identify them.’
    specific, certain, distinct, separate, isolated
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    1. 1.1Logic Denoting a proposition in which something is asserted of some but not all of a class.
      Contrasted with universal
  • 2[attributive] Especially great or intense:

    ‘when handling or checking cash the cashier should exercise particular care’
    • ‘When you report on life and death issues, you owe it to your readers to take particular care in the editing process.’
    • ‘Organisations such as Samaritans have long sought to persuade the media that reporting suicide calls for particular care.’
    • ‘Such is the beauty of those who surrender to the particular care and purpose for which God has shaped them.’
    • ‘Driving along Thief Lane you need to take particular care, he warns, because of the primary school.’
    • ‘I have a strong suspicion that one has thrombosed, as there's a particular intensity to the pain which I remember from the old days.’
    • ‘The Cognacais take particular care in reducing their brandies to the 40 per cent strength at which they are sold.’
    • ‘He would have to have particular care and concern for his priests and for promoting vocations.’
    • ‘Scuba divers examining wrecks should take particular care.’
    • ‘Tertiary students should pay particular care when drinking, says Bradbury.’
    • ‘The patrol leader should take particular care to explain each decision he made and each order he gave.’
    • ‘Residents have been warned to take particular care when they go away on their summer holidays.’
    • ‘As the holding is in an urban environment, particular care is taken with effluent control.’
    • ‘Caffrey took particular exception to these remarks because he was in love with an American girl, called Jessica, at the time.’
    • ‘This reinforces the view that it is incumbent upon those making these decisions to take particular care in both making and explaining them.’
    • ‘Statistics about violence in intimate relationships should be treated with particular care.’
    • ‘The Descent is extremely well made on a technical level, with particular care taken with the sound and the visual texture.’
    • ‘It might be the opening of a door on your behalf or particular care with the wording of a letter.’
    • ‘The policy material also lays stress on the particular care with which applications for changes to residential use should be examined.’
    • ‘So take particular care with personal hygiene in the mornings.’
    • ‘Take particular care when negotiating sharp bends, or features like railway bridges, which are more likely to be iced up’
    special, extra special, especial, exceptional, unusual, marked, singular, uncommon, notable, noteworthy, remarkable, outstanding, unique
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  • 3Insisting that something should be correct or suitable in every detail; fastidious:

    ‘she is very particular about cleanliness’
    • ‘People are very particular about the interiors of their cars too.’
    • ‘Sorry to be so particular about describing the packaging.’
    • ‘Bama's father, who was in the Indian army, was very particular about the children's education.’
    • ‘For any serial, I am very particular about the script being narrated to me.’
    • ‘I am also very particular about following the laid-out processes for doing business.’
    • ‘I am very particular about sound and I hate to play in auditoriums that don't have a good system.’
    • ‘Time and again he was particular about enhancing self-confidence of students.’
    • ‘Ever wondered why the cat is so particular about settling territorial disputes in the dead of night when everyone is asleep?’
    • ‘You and your wife are particular about designing your onstage outfits.’
    • ‘I paint my nails, go to the mall, and am very particular about how I dress and wear my hair.’
    • ‘I get teased by all my colleagues for being so particular about the cleanliness of the shop.’
    • ‘Kobren is so particular about his hair that he refused to let anyone cut it for 12 years.’
    • ‘A strict disciplinarian, he is particular about his health and is into yoga and meditation.’
    • ‘Anil is very particular about meeting business heads to have an overall view of the businesses and new projects.’
    • ‘My friend's very particular about her pasta, and she swore that the noodles were perfectly cooked.’
    • ‘I just get very particular about having ample time to myself, to be not around people.’
    • ‘Keynes wasn't too particular about how governments should spend money in a depression.’
    • ‘I will say that my shirt came home in the same state it left, I was very particular about pumpkin hands touching it.’
    • ‘They are very particular about their records round here.’
    • ‘He was particular about what sort of food should be mentioned.’
    fussy, fastidious, meticulous, punctilious, discriminating, selective, painstaking, exacting, demanding, critical, over-particular, over-fastidious, finicky, faddish, finical, dainty
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  • 1A detail:

    ‘he is wrong in every particular’
    • ‘That is not to say that users must agree with the editor in every particular.’
    • ‘It is necessary, as in the Hegelian method, to start from the abstract concept and go from there to the particular.’
    • ‘Let us separate the particular from the general and go back to my question.’
    • ‘They saw that his message was universal, and their minds were locked into the local and the particular.’
    • ‘If you remove the particular from these events and just think of them as Cool Stuff, then they're pleasingly regular and not rare at all.’
    • ‘So when we talk about race, we're torn between stereotypes ruthlessly deployed and seeking out the particular.’
    • ‘He said he must have his men smart in every particular.’
    • ‘Just how many of you appreciate just how tightly is another matter, but the details of this particular should leave no-one in any doubt at all.’
    • ‘Painting bush requires a careful balance between the general and the particular.’
    • ‘It was Gyric; it was him in every particular; but it was as if Gyric were whole again.’
    • ‘In serious argument you cannot generalise from the particular.’
    detail, item, point, fine point, specific, specification, element, aspect, respect, regard, particularity, fact, feature, circumstance, thing
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    1. 1.1particulars Detailed information about someone or something:
      ‘a clerk took the woman's particulars’
      • ‘I find myself uninterested in technique - the particulars of better arm-twisting and wrist-bending.’
      • ‘The motion should also give detailed particulars of the violation or crime allegedly committed.’
      • ‘There are some subtle disagreements among us on some of the particulars, naturally, just as there are among conservative originalists.’
      • ‘Zimbabwe also requested Zambia to provide it with information on particulars of the exporters so that control measures could be put in place.’
      • ‘I conducted a voir dire at the request of the accused to determine the origin of this information and further particulars.’
      • ‘All of the normal difficulties of ethical life remain, and they can be solved only by means of a detailed understanding of the particulars of each situation.’
      • ‘But it doesn't really matter in the particulars, because it's all totally, utterly subjective.’
      • ‘His lawyers had earlier asked for a one-week postponement of the arraignment because they have not yet received the bill of particulars or list of detailed evidence on the case but the court rejected their plea.’
      • ‘If you would like to appear in the Pride London 2005 adverts, you can find all the details of where to send your particulars (name, address, photograph etc) here.’
      • ‘The particulars of this don't really matter now, since Bennett has pretty much put an end to the whole thing.’
      • ‘The particulars and information so furnished shall, if the entry of the relevant ship be accepted, be deemed to form the basis of the contract of insurance between the Member or applicant and the Club.’
      • ‘Oh, yes you may stay and reminisce, Conductor, and let Jeffries know the particulars of this matter.’
      • ‘If the relevant interest is defined, as I at the moment think it should be, in terms of receiving information about the particulars of the court case, then the issue of relevance is irrelevant.’
      • ‘To that end, the USDA typically keeps the information about the particulars of recalls as confidential.’
      • ‘As she dwelled on the particulars of the matter, she felt a peculiar shudder from her lover, and a sense of satisfaction came over her, for she knew that the point was now thoroughly and irrevocably moot.’
      • ‘The statement was not on the record, and it addressed few of the particulars you now raise immediately after the fact.’
      • ‘Irene is the person to contact for show schedules and more detailed particulars.’
      • ‘By inputting little more than their name and email address, users can receive the agent's sales particulars within seconds.’
      • ‘The defendants seek further information including particulars as to whom the monies were paid, if they were transferred to another entity and other information.’
      • ‘Don't worry about it, Matty'll inform you on the particulars of your assignment tomorrow night.’
      information, data, facts, facts and figures, statistics, evidence, subject matter, ideas, details, particulars
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  • 2Philosophy
    An individual item, as contrasted with a universal quality:

    ‘universals can be simultaneously exemplified by different particulars in different places’
    • ‘Philosophers who agree with a conception of events as particulars typically distinguish different sorts of such particulars.’
    • ‘In Chapter 19, I examine various accounts of the first of these distinctions and raise the question of whether we really need to include both universals and particulars in our ontology.’
    • ‘But intellectual appetite is free because the intellect deals with universals, not particulars.’
    • ‘The claim that there are no universals apart from particulars needs to be understood in context.’
    • ‘A third implication of a place-based philosophy has to do with the connection between universal qualities and their particulars.’


  • in particular

    • Especially (used to show that a statement applies to one person or thing more than any other):

      ‘he socialized with the other young people, one boy in particular’
      • ‘One of Maurice, in particular, bought tears to her eyes as the memories flooded back.’
      • ‘I was pleased with the results, and one in particular I reckon is as good as I can do.’
      • ‘The ELO in particular only appeared in the trailer but is the stand out piece here.’
      • ‘The first half in particular was epitomised by a real uncertainty in dealing with crosses.’
      • ‘They, and one in particular, often forget to say thank you when it is called for.’
      • ‘Toddlers in particular are not known for the patience and sitting still skills.’
      • ‘I cannot begin to tell you how much pleasure that last one, in particular, gave me.’
      • ‘Part of it had to do with the players themselves, and in particular the contrast between them.’
      • ‘No set, and in particular no infinite set, has as many members as it has subsets.’
      specific, special
      particularly, specifically, to be specific, especially, specially
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Late Middle English: from Old French particuler, from Latin particularis concerning a small part, from particula small part.