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adjective special pronunciation in American English /ˈspeʃ(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    different from and usually better than what is normal or ordinary
    The children can only stay up late on special occasions.
  2. 2
    more than usual
    Let’s all make a special effort to welcome the visitors.
    Special care must be taken in handling very old books.
  3. 3
    very important to you
    John is a very special person in my life.
    special to: My aunt Miriam was very special to me.
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  4. 4
    relating to one particular person, group, or area
    She has her own special way of baking bread.
  5. 5
    created for a particular person, purpose, or situation
    A special prosecutor was appointed to investigate charges of corruption.
    Special parking permits will be given to people with disabilities.


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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