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adjective special pronunciation in British English /ˈspeʃ(ə)l/
  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.

  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.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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