"special" in the noun sense
a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising
"they are having a special on pork chops"
a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant
a television production that features a particular person or work or topic
"the last of a series of BBC specials on Iran is being shown tonight"
"special" in the adjective sense
1. particular, peculiar, special
unique or specific to a person or thing or category
"the particular demands of the job"
"has a particular preference for Chinese art"
"a peculiar bond of sympathy between them"
"an expression peculiar to Canadians"
"rights peculiar to the rich"
"the special features of a computer"
"my own special chair"
for a special service or occasion
"a special correspondent"
"a special adviser to the committee"
"had to get special permission for the event"
3. especial, exceptional, particular, special
surpassing what is common or usual or expected
"he paid especial attention to her"
"a matter of particular and unusual importance"
"a special occasion"
"a special reason to confide in her"
"what's so special about the year 2000?"
adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
"a special kind of paint"
"a special medication for arthritis"
5. limited, special
having a specific function or scope
"a special (or specific) role in the mission"
6. particular, special
first and most important
"his special interest is music"
"she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work"
7. extra, special
added to a regular schedule
"a special holiday flight"
"put on special buses for the big game"
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