- (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, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, 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.