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adjective British English pronunciation: particular /pə(r)ˈtɪkjʊlə(r)/

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  1. 1
    [only before noun] used for emphasizing that you are talking about one specific person or thing and not anyone or anything else

    Are there any particular topics that you would like me to explain further?

    I remember one particular incident when he almost drove his car off a cliff.

  2. 2
    [only before noun] especially great

    Two matters need to be given particular attention.

    For the local population, street crime is an issue of particular concern.

  3. 3
    [never before noun] someone who is particular has very clear ideas about what they like and dislike and wants everything to be exactly as they like it

    Mr Drew is known for being very particular.

    particular about:

    She's very particular about what she eats.

  4. 4
    clearly different and belonging to just one person or thing

    He has a very particular philosophy, which involves owning as little as possible.

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