One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they always make a special effort at Christmas’
exceptional, particular, extra special, unusual, marked, singular, uncommon, notable, noteworthy, remarkable, outstanding, unique
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2‘we want to preserve our town's special character’
distinctive, distinct, individual, particular, specific, certain, peculiar, definite, express, precise
3‘a special occasion’
momentous, significant, memorable, of moment, signal, important, historic, festive, gala, red-letter
4‘this is a special tool used for recutting washer seats on taps’
specific, particular, purpose-built, tailor-made, custom-built
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