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 (ĕ-spĕsh′ə-lē, ĭ-spĕsh′-)
To an extent or degree deserving of special emphasis; particularly.


1. in particular; specifically: for everyone's sake, especially your children's.
2. very much: especially useful for vegans.


(ɪˈspɛʃ ə li)

1. to an exceptional degree; particularly; markedly: Be especially watchful.
2. in particular; preeminently; above all.
3. for a particular purpose; specifically: designed especially for you.
usage: See special.


1. 'especially'

You use especially to show that what you are saying applies more to one thing or situation than to others.

He was kind to his staff, especially those who were sick or in trouble.
Double ovens are a good idea, especially if you are cooking several meals at once.
These changes are especially important to small businesses.

When especially relates to the subject of a sentence, you put it immediately after the subject.

Young babies, especially, are vulnerable to colds.

You can also use especially in front of an adjective to emphasize a characteristic or quality.

I found her laugh especially annoying.
2. 'specially'

You use specially to say that something is done or made for a particular purpose.

They'd come down specially to see us.
She wore a specially designed costume.
The school is specially for children whose schooling has been disrupted by illness.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.especially - to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common; "he was particularly fussy about spelling"; "a particularly gruesome attack"; "under peculiarly tragic circumstances"; "an especially (or specially) cautious approach to the danger"
2.especially - in a special manner; "a specially arranged dinner"


1. notably, largely, chiefly, mainly, mostly, principally, strikingly, conspicuously, outstandingly, Esp (S.M.S.) The group is said to be gaining support, especially in the rural areas.
2. very, specially, particularly, signally, extremely, remarkably, unusually, exceptionally, extraordinarily, markedly, supremely, uncommonly, Esp (S.M.S.) Giving up smoking can be especially difficult.
3. particularly, expressly, exclusively, precisely, specifically, uniquely, peculiarly, singularly, Esp (S.M.S.) The system we design will be especially for you.
خُصُوصاًخُصوصا، بِصِفَةٍ خاصَّه
mai ales
đặc biệt là


[ɪsˈpeʃəlɪ] ADV
1. (= particularly) → especialmente
especially in summer/when it rainsespecialmente or sobre todo en verano/cuando llueve
why me, especially?¿por qué yo precisamente?
2. (= expressly) → especialmente
I came especially to see youvine especialmente para verte
to do sth especially for sb/sthhacer algo especialmente para algn/algo
3. (= more than usually) [important, difficult, sensitive] → especialmente, particularmente
she did especially well in her French examel examen de francés le fue especialmente or particularmente bien
"is she pretty?" - "not especially"-¿es guapa? -no especialmente


[ɪˈspɛʃəli] adv
(= above all) → surtout
It's very hot there, especially in the summer → Il fait très chaud là-bas, surtout en été.
(= particularly) → particulièrement
(= specifically) → spécialement, exprès


(= particularly)besonders; I especially liked the beginningder Anfang hat mir besonders gut gefallen; to try especially hardsich besonders viel Mühe geben; not especiallynicht besonders; (more) especially as …besonders or vor allem, weil …; especially in summervor allem im Sommer; you especially ought to knowgerade du solltest das wissen; why Jim especially?warum ausgerechnet or gerade Jim?
(= specifically)speziell, eigens; I came especially to see youich bin eigens gekommen, um dich zu sehen; to do something especially for somebody/somethingetw speziell or extra für jdn/etw tun


[ɪsˈpɛʃlɪ] adv (particularly) → particolarmente; (above all) → soprattutto, specialmente; (expressly) → appositamente, espressamente
it is especially difficult → è particolarmente difficile
especially when it rains → soprattutto quando piove
why me, especially? → perché proprio io?


(iˈspeʃəl) adjective
more than the ordinary; particular. You must treat this with especial care.
eˈspecially adverb
particularly. These insects are quite common, especially in hot countries.


خُصُوصاً zvláště specielt besonders ιδιαίτερα especialmente erityisesti spécialement posebno specialmente 特に 특히 vooral særlig szczególnie especialmente особенно särskilt โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่ง özellikle đặc biệt là 尤其
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Very few letters were written in those hard times that were not touching, especially those which fathers sent home.
When the half-witted old man left his husking of corn and came into the wood to meet Elmer Cowley, he was neither surprised nor especially interested in the sudden appearance of the young man.
Professor Bumper announced that he would see to it that the man's family did not want, and this seemed to give general satisfaction, especially to a brother who was with the party.
It's the head end of it that comes hard with me, especially when I'm out of practice.
But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing.
Tis the six-and-twentieth edition, promulgated at Boston, Anno Domini 1744; and is entitled, 'The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testaments; faithfully translated into English Metre, for the Use, Edification, and Comfort of the Saints, in Public and Private, especially in New England'.
Among other good-for-nothing properties and privileges, one was especially assigned them,--that of exercising an influence over people's dreams.
But it was especially the aspect of the three chief officers of the ship, the mates, which was most forcibly calculated to allay these colorless misgivings, and induce confidence and cheerfulness in every presentment of the voyage.
Well, it would be nice all the same to have your company a few miles, especially as it's growing dark," she added.
The meaner sort of people here dress themselves very plain; they only wear drawers, and a thick garment of cotton, that covers the rest of their bodies: the people of quality, especially those that frequent the court, run into the contrary extreme, and ruin themselves with costly habits.
For man's everyday needs, it would have been quite enough to have the ordinary human consciousness, that is, half or a quarter of the amount which falls to the lot of a cultivated man of our unhappy nineteenth century, especially one who has the fatal ill-luck to inhabit Petersburg, the most theoretical and intentional town on the whole terrestrial globe.
Those who so bind themselves, and are not rapacious, ought to be honoured and loved; those who do not bind themselves may be dealt with in two ways; they may fail to do this through pusillanimity and a natural want of courage, in which case you ought to make use of them, especially of those who are of good counsel; and thus, whilst in prosperity you honour them, in adversity you do not have to fear them.