particularize

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From particular +‎ -ize.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pəˈtɪkjʊləɹʌɪz/

VerbEdit

particularize (third-person singular simple present particularizes, present participle particularizing, simple past and past participle particularized)

  1. (transitive) To make particular, as opposed to general; to restrict to a specific or individual case, class etc.; to single out.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To be specific about (individual instances); to go into detail (about), to specify.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.iii.2.1:
      I have disposed of them as I could, and will descend to particularize them according to their species.
    • Atterbury
      He not only boasts of his parentage as an Israelite, but particularizes his descent from Benjamin.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, p. 110:
      Now it is his daily work to particularize, item by item, the iniquities of the system, and the petty manifestations of the tyranny here in Arras.
  3. (intransitive) To differentiate, make distinct from others.
Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 00:22