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particularize

[per-tik-yuh-luh-rahyz, puh-tik-]
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verb (used with object), par·tic·u·lar·ized, par·tic·u·lar·iz·ing.
  1. to make particular.
  2. to mention or indicate specifically; specify.
  3. to state or treat in detail.
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verb (used without object), par·tic·u·lar·ized, par·tic·u·lar·iz·ing.
  1. to speak or treat particularly or specifically.
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Also especially British, par·tic·u·lar·ise.

Origin of particularize

From the Middle French word particulariser, dating back to 1580–90. See particular, -ize
Related formspar·tic·u·lar·i·za·tion, nounpar·tic·u·lar·iz·er, nounun·par·tic·u·lar·ized, adjectiveun·par·tic·u·lar·iz·ing, adjective
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Related Words

announcementstoryworddisclosureadviceaccountbroadcaststatementreportmessagedatarumorblueprintstipulationspechearsaytelegramtidingscommunicationdispatch

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Historical Examples

  • I think the particularization of the children in the deathbed scene has an important effect on the imagination.

    George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3)

    George Eliot

  • Its medium, though still sensuous, yet develops into still more thorough subjectivity and particularization.

  • The doctrine of emanation also regards the world as a process of particularization.


British Dictionary definitions for particularization

particularize

particularise

verb
  1. to treat in detail; give details (about)
  2. (intr) to go into detail
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Derived Formsparticularization or particularisation, nounparticularizer or particulariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for particularization

particularize

v.

1580s, from particular + -ize. Related: Particularized; particularizing.

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