Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun special

3 senses of special

Sense 1
special -- (a special offering (usually temporary and at a reduced price) that is featured in advertising; "they are having a special on pork chops")
       => offer, offering -- (something offered (as a proposal or bid); "noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds")

Sense 2
special -- (a dish or meal given prominence in e.g. a restaurant)
       => dish -- (a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner")

Sense 3
special -- (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")
       => television program, TV program, television show, TV show -- (a program broadcast by television)

Antonyms of adj special

7 senses of special

Sense 1
particular (prenominal), peculiar (prenominal), special (prenominal) -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA specific) -> general -- (applying to all or most members of a category or group; "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader")
INDIRECT (VIA specific, specific) -> nonspecific -- (not caused by a specific agent; used also of staining in making microscope slides; "nonspecific enteritis")

Sense 2
special -- (for a special service or occasion; "a special correspondent"; "a special adviser to the committee"; "had to get special permission for the event")

INDIRECT (VIA extraordinary) -> ordinary -- (not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine")

Sense 3
especial (prenominal), exceptional, particular (prenominal), special -- (surpassing what is common or usual or expected; "he paid especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "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?")

INDIRECT (VIA uncommon) -> common -- (having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; "the common man"; "a common sailor"; "the common cold"; "a common nuisance"; "followed common procedure"; "it is common knowledge that she lives alone"; "the common housefly"; "a common brand of soap")

Sense 4
special -- (adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose; "a special kind of paint"; "a special medication for arthritis")

INDIRECT (VIA specialized) -> unspecialized, unspecialised -- (not specialized or modified for a particular purpose or function)

Sense 5
limited, special -- (having a specific function or scope; "a special (or specific) role in the mission")

INDIRECT (VIA specific) -> general -- (applying to all or most members of a category or group; "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader")
INDIRECT (VIA specific, specific) -> nonspecific -- (not caused by a specific agent; used also of staining in making microscope slides; "nonspecific enteritis")

Sense 6
particular, special -- (first and most important; "his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work")

INDIRECT (VIA primary) -> secondary -- (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams")

Sense 7
extra, special -- (added to a regular schedule; "a special holiday flight"; "put on special buses for the big game")

INDIRECT (VIA unscheduled) -> scheduled -- (planned or scheduled for some certain time or times; "the scheduled meeting"; "the scheduled flights had to be cancelled because of snow")

Similarity of adj special

7 senses of special

Sense 1
particular (prenominal), peculiar (prenominal), special (prenominal) -- (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")
       => specific (vs. general) (vs. nonspecific) -- ((sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique; "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident")

Sense 2
special -- (for a special service or occasion; "a special correspondent"; "a special adviser to the committee"; "had to get special permission for the event")
       => extraordinary (vs. ordinary) -- (beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable; "extraordinary authority"; "an extraordinary achievement"; "her extraordinary beauty"; "enjoyed extraordinary popularity"; "an extraordinary capacity for work"; "an extraordinary session of the legislature")

Sense 3
especial (prenominal), exceptional, particular (prenominal), special -- (surpassing what is common or usual or expected; "he paid especial attention to her"; "exceptional kindness"; "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?")
       => uncommon (vs. common) -- (not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind; "uncommon birds"; "frost and floods are uncommon during these months"; "doing an uncommon amount of business"; "an uncommon liking for money"; "he owed his greatest debt to his mother's uncommon character and ability")

Sense 4
special -- (adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose; "a special kind of paint"; "a special medication for arthritis")
       => specialized (vs. unspecialized), specialised -- (developed or designed for a special activity or function; "a specialized tool")

Sense 5
limited, special -- (having a specific function or scope; "a special (or specific) role in the mission")
       => specific (vs. general) (vs. nonspecific) -- ((sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique; "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident")

Sense 6
particular, special -- (first and most important; "his special interest is music"; "she gets special (or particular) satisfaction from her volunteer work")
       => primary (vs. secondary) -- (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest")

Sense 7
extra, special -- (added to a regular schedule; "a special holiday flight"; "put on special buses for the big game")
       => unscheduled (vs. scheduled) -- (not scheduled or not on a regular schedule; "an unscheduled meeting"; "the plane made an unscheduled stop at Gander for refueling")

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