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- (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.
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition 1, section 3, member 1, subsection 4:
- 'Tis hard I confesse, yet I have disposed of them as I could, and will descend to particularize them according to their species.
- 1709 December 6, Atterbury, Francis, A Sermon preached before the Sons of the Clergy, at their Anniversary-Meeting in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Dec 6, 1709; published in Sermons and Discourses on Several Subjects and Occasions, volume 2, sermon 8, 8th edition, 1766, pages 256–257:
- Twice we find him, not only boasting of his Parentage, as an Israelite at large, but particularizing his Descent from the Tribe of Benjamin.
- 1992, Mantel, Hilary, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial, published 2007, page 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.