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[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

pledge, promise, guarantee, slot, provide, make, detail, state, condition, postulate, designate, covenant, specify, arrange, engage, name, require, impose, bargain, contract

Examples from the Web for particularize

Historical Examples

  • Of course I cannot particularize the sum, but he had given too much for that hat.

    Roundabout Papers

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Others, too numerous and too insignificant to particularize, were seen.

  • In other words, they have asked me to particularize for them the aspirations of their souls.

    Mental Efficiency

    Arnold Bennett

  • When you say, 'cherry lips,' do you particularize sufficiently?

  • Individual deeds of daring were too frequent to particularize.

British Dictionary definitions for particularize



  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 particularize


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

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