Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 00:22
From particular + -ize.
particularize (third-person singular simple present particularizes, present participle particularizing, simple past and past participle particularized)
- (transitive) To make particular, as opposed to general; to restrict to a specific or individual case, class etc.; to single out.
- (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.
- 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.
- (intransitive) To differentiate, make distinct from others.