- (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, 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.