from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To mention, describe, or treat individually; itemize or specify.
- transitive v. To make particular as opposed to general or universal.
- intransitive v. To go into or give details or particulars.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make particular, as opposed to general; to restrict to a specific or individual case, class etc.; to single out.
- v. To be specific about (individual instances); to go into detail (about), to specify.
- v. To differentiate, make distinct from others.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give as a particular, or as the particulars; to mention particularly; to give the particulars of; to enumerate or specify in detail.
- intransitive v. To mention or attend to particulars; to give minute details; to be circumstantial.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To specify or mention with details; give the particulars of; enumerate or specify in detail; also, to render particular or detailed.
- To single out for mention; make particular mention of.
- To mention or give particulars or details; be particular as opposed to general; specifically, to mention or be attentive to single things or to small matters.
- Also spelled particularise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be specific about
Mr. Echenoz employs a similar finesse to particularize moments that are conspicuously irrelevant or ridiculous.
That this is the perfect approach to an event that has become fetishized in our culture should go without saying: Tomine's point is not to play into or even against perceptions about marriage so much as to particularize his account.
I am not permitted to particularize, and may only say that the dislike of readers is just as I said it would be, and that dislike expresst without reserve to me, and of course to those who own the other half of the property.
To particularize or identify one specific moment downplays how significant this texture, this atmosphere, of living in the dead in that one place, how present that is.
Care to particularize that to which countries at which times?
When the media focus on "the black vote," "the white vote," and then they start to particularize the white vote within that, they invite us to see race as a defining category of analysis.
The tendency will be to particularize this gory tragedy as the implosion of one immigrant dream story.
These major sub-segments particularize even further, based on ethnicity, geographic, life-stage and level of adult development considerations.
The word "rational" comes from the root "ratio", to divide or particularize.
Awan says that $10,000 was the number they had in mind -- though he acknowledges he hadn't particularize that sum before.