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The children can only stay up late on special occasions.
Let's all make a special effort to welcome the visitors.
Special care must be taken in handling very old books.
John is a very special person in my life.
My aunt Miriam was very special to me.
She has her own special way of baking bread.
A special prosecutor was appointed to investigate charges of corruption.
Special parking permits will be given to people with disabilities.
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English version of definition of special
a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job
the science of making or flying planes
an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …
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American definition of special from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.