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.
verb (used without object), par·tic·u·lar·ized, par·tic·u·lar·iz·ing.
  1. to speak or treat particularly or specifically.
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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particularize

particularise

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

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

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