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Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.
David Ben-Gurion

Meaning of "special" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SPECIAL

From Old French especial, from Latin speciālis individual, special, from speciēs appearance, species.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SPECIAL

special  [ˈspɛʃəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SPECIAL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Special is a verb and can also act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb special in English.

WHAT DOES SPECIAL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Special

Special or specials may refer to: In music: ▪ Special, a 1992 album by Vesta Williams ▪ "Special" ▪ "Special" ▪ "Special" ▪ The Specials, a British band ▪ "Special", a song by Violent Femmes on The Blind Leading the Naked ▪ "Special", a song on The Documentary album by Game In film and television: ▪ Special, a stage light that is used for a single, specific purpose ▪ "Special", an episode of the television series LostSpecialThe Specials ▪ Television special, television programming that temporarily replaces scheduled programming In other: ▪ A special price, a form of discounts and allowances ▪ A kit car or one-off home built vehicle ▪ A euphemism for someone with a disability, especially mental retardation ▪ Adcox Special, a biplane built in Portland, Oregon in 1929 ▪ The SPECIAL System, the character creation system of the computer game Fallout ▪ Special constable, a volunteer police officer...

Definition of special in the English dictionary

The first definition of special in the dictionary is distinguished, set apart from, or excelling others of its kind. Other definition of special is designed or reserved for a particular purpose. Special is also not usual or commonplace.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SPECIAL

PRESENT

Present
I special
you special
he/she/it specials
we special
you special
they special
Present continuous
I am specialing
you are specialing
he/she/it is specialing
we are specialing
you are specialing
they are specialing
Present perfect
I have specialed
you have specialed
he/she/it has specialed
we have specialed
you have specialed
they have specialed
Present perfect continuous
I have been specialing
you have been specialing
he/she/it has been specialing
we have been specialing
you have been specialing
they have been specialing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I specialed
you specialed
he/she/it specialed
we specialed
you specialed
they specialed
Past continuous
I was specialing
you were specialing
he/she/it was specialing
we were specialing
you were specialing
they were specialing
Past perfect
I had specialed
you had specialed
he/she/it had specialed
we had specialed
you had specialed
they had specialed
Past perfect continuous
I had been specialing
you had been specialing
he/she/it had been specialing
we had been specialing
you had been specialing
they had been specialing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will special
you will special
he/she/it will special
we will special
you will special
they will special
Future continuous
I will be specialing
you will be specialing
he/she/it will be specialing
we will be specialing
you will be specialing
they will be specialing
Future perfect
I will have specialed
you will have specialed
he/she/it will have specialed
we will have specialed
you will have specialed
they will have specialed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been specialing
you will have been specialing
he/she/it will have been specialing
we will have been specialing
you will have been specialing
they will have been specialing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would special
you would special
he/she/it would special
we would special
you would special
they would special
Conditional continuous
I would be specialing
you would be specialing
he/she/it would be specialing
we would be specialing
you would be specialing
they would be specialing
Conditional perfect
I would have special
you would have special
he/she/it would have special
we would have special
you would have special
they would have special
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been specialing
you would have been specialing
he/she/it would have been specialing
we would have been specialing
you would have been specialing
they would have been specialing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you special
we let´s special
you special
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to special
Past participle
specialed
Present Participle
specialing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SPECIAL


artificial
ˌɑːtɪˈfɪʃəl
commercial
kəˈmɜːʃəl
confidential
ˌkɒnfɪˈdɛnʃəl
crucial
ˈkruːʃəl
especial
ɪˈspɛʃəl
essential
ɪˈsɛnʃəl
extra-special
ˌɛkstrəˈspɛʃəl
facial
ˈfeɪʃəl
financial
fɪˈnænʃəl
initial
ɪˈnɪʃəl
interracial
ˌɪntəˈreɪʃəl
Marshall
ˈmɑːʃəl
Mitchell
ˈmɪtʃəl
official
əˈfɪʃəl
partial
ˈpɑːʃəl
potential
pəˈtɛnʃəl
Rachel
ˈreɪtʃəl
residential
ˌrɛzɪˈdɛnʃəl
social
ˈsəʊʃəl
substantial
səbˈstænʃəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SPECIAL

speccy
special agent
Special Air Service
special assessment
Special Boat Service
Special Branch
special case
special clearing
special constable
special correspondent
special delivery
special development area
special drawing rights
special edition
special education
special educational needs
special effects
special feature
special forces
special handling

WORDS THAT END LIKE SPECIAL

aecial
androecial
apothecial
B Special
beneficial
endothecial
fecial
football special
glacial
judicial
noncommercial
perithecial
provincial
psychosocial
racial
Saturday night special
superficial
superspecial
unofficial
zoothecial

Synonyms and antonyms of special in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SPECIAL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «special» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of special

Translation of «special» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SPECIAL

Find out the translation of special to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of special from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «special» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

特别的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

especial
570 millions of speakers

English

special
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

विशेष
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

خَاصّ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

особый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

especial
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিশেষ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

spécial
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Istimewa
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

besonders
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

特別の
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

특별한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Khusus
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đặc biệt
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிறப்பு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

खास
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

özel
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

speciale
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

specjalny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

особливий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

special
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ειδικός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

spesiale
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

speciell
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

spesiell
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of special

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SPECIAL»

The term «special» is very widely used and occupies the 631 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SPECIAL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «special» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «special» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about special

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «SPECIAL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word special.
1
Gbenga Akinnagbe
The company Liberated People represents just not liberation of different nations around the world; it can be special liberation days. It can be what the company represents and helps highlight someone's personal liberation date.
2
Daniella Alonso
There are those special projects that don't ever feel like work but just a blessing to be a part of, and 'Revolution' is one of those projects.
3
David Amram
Even before he had one book published, Jack was one of those people you could feel was very special.
4
Mario Andretti
There's something special about racing in real streets. The 'artificial' circuits have a certain sameness to them. But every race conducted on real streets has a character of its own - Barcelona, Monaco, and now Long Beach.
5
Lionel Barber
My own special relationship with America began at an early age. My father, a fellow journalist, named me after Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
6
Edmund Barton
I was for two years a pupil at the Model School in Fort street which was then conducted upon the Irish national system, and if any special religious instruction was given in connection with that system, I do not recollect it.
7
David Ben-Gurion
Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.
8
Dierks Bentley
As a songwriter, you might write every day and throughout the course of a year you might get four songs that are really special.
9
Mary J. Blige
Music makes us want to live. You don't know how many times people have told me that they'd been down and depressed and just wanted to die. But then a special song caught their ear and that helped give them renewed strength. That's the power music has.
10
Stephen Chbosky
'Rent' was a special project for me. It was my first notable screenplay job. I worked with two wonderful directors on it, starting with Spike Lee in the summer of 2001. I wrote a draft for Spike and he was really good to me.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SPECIAL»

Discover the use of special in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to special and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
A Special Book About Me: A Book for Children Diagnosed with ...
Can you solve the mystery of the special kid? This book offers a fun and accessible introduction for a child diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS).
Josie Santomauro, 2009
2
Special Functions and Their Applications
The Russian mathematician views the theoretical and practical aspects of special functions and illustrates their significance in problem solving in physics and engineering
Nikolaĭ Nikolaevich Lebedev, Richard A. Silverman, 1972
3
Special Functions: An Introduction to the Classical ...
This book gives an introduction to the classical, well-known special functions which play a role in mathematical physics, especially in boundary value problems.
Nico M. Temme, 2011
4
Supporting Special Needs: Understanding Inclusion in the ...
This text covers the underpinning knowledge required for special needs modules on Early Years courses. It guides students and practitioners through this subject area, and provides information on the issues and legislation.
Penny Tassoni, 2003
5
Temporary Special Measures: Accelerating de Facto Equality ...
This volume contains the revised papers and comments that were presented at the meeting.Also included is the report on the seminar with a number of concrete suggestions for a General Recommendation to Article 4(1).
Ineke Boerefijn, 2003
6
You Are Special: A Story for Everyone
This special paperback gift edition of a beloved storyteller's bestselling classic will point children and adults to the important truth that everyone is special, no matter what.
Max Lucado, 2011
7
Educating Special Children: An introduction to provision for ...
Educating Special Children is the definitive guide to evidence-based practice and professionally informed approaches in provision for special children.
Michael Farrell, 2013
8
Special Effects Make-up
This volume shows how to create the appearance of a missing finger, a slashed throat, an opened abdomen, as well as everyday extraterrestrial wear using basic theatre materials. Full color photos throughout.
Janus Vinther, 2003
9
Church Programs for Special Days: Plays, Poems, and Ideas ...
Celebrate throughout the year with Church Programs for Special Days! This exciting new program book contains plays, poems, readings, skits, and other resources that are easy-to-use and will help churches plan special services.
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The History of Special Education: From Isolation to Integration
This study examines the facts, characters and events that shaped special education in Western Europe, Canada and the United States.
Margret A. Winzer, 1993

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SPECIAL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term special is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Loretta Claiborne remains the heart of Special Olympics
Special Olympics Board of Directors member Loretta Claiborne joins Robin Roberts to discuss how the Special Olympics has changed since 1972. «ESPN, Jul 15»
2
Michelle Obama kicks off Special Olympics
(CNN) First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on Saturday, welcoming thousands of intellectually disabled ... «CNN, Jul 15»
3
Special Olympics 2015 FAQ: Where, when and how to enjoy the …
Fireworks explode over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremony, July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, ... «89.3 KPCC, Jul 15»
4
Special Olympics World Games poised to be 'most inspirational …
LOS ANGELES — When the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968, she believed people with intellectual disabilities could change ... «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
5
Sherlock's Victorian-era Christmas special – watch the trailer
Now for an upcoming Christmas special, Moffatt is doubling back on himself, taking Holmes and Watson back to their original Victorian setting, but clearly with a ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
6
Special Olympics torch coming to Denver in 7-day Colorado tour
Allan Cole, 54, an athlete from Johnson City, Tenn., carries the Special Olympics World Games Torch and gets a kiss from his sister, Angela Carr, on the First ... «The Denver Post, Jun 15»
7
Cuomo to Appoint Schneiderman Special Prosecutor in Police …
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced he would accede to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's request to be named special prosecutor for cases in which a ... «New York Observer, Jun 15»
8
US Marines resurrect historic Raiders name for Special Ops
The Marines will rename eight branches of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command as Raiders at a ceremony on Friday. «Christian Science Monitor, Jun 15»
9
Gov. Dayton calls special session of Legislature for 10 am Friday
Mark Dayton and state lawmakers struck a final deal Thursday night to finish the state budget, setting the table for a Friday special session where approval of ... «Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jun 15»
10
Utah School That Left Special Needs Kids Out of Yearbook Will Add …
For weeks, Amber Bailey, a special needs student at Blue Peak High School in Tooele, Utah, had looked forward to the year-end ritual of getting her new ... «People Magazine, May 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Special [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/special>. Aug 2019 ».
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