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1. Surpassing what is common or usual; exceptional: a special occasion; a special treat.
a. Distinct among others of a kind: a special type of paint; a special medication for arthritis.
b. Primary: His special satisfaction comes from volunteer work.
3. Peculiar to a specific person or thing; particular: my own special chair; the special features of a computer.
a. Having a limited or specific function, application, or scope: a special role in the mission.
b. Arranged for a particular occasion or purpose: a special visit from her daughter.
5. Regarded with particular affection and admiration: a special friend.
6. Additional; extra: a special holiday flight.
1. Something arranged, issued, or appropriated to a particular service or occasion: rode to work on the commuter special.
2. A featured attraction, such as a reduced price: a special on salmon.
3. A single television production that features a specific work, a given topic, or a particular performer.

[Middle English, from Old French especial, from Latin speciālis, from speciēs, kind; see species.]

spe′cial·ly adv.
spe′cial·ness n.


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.specially - in a special manner; "a specially arranged dinner"
2.specially - 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"


1. specifically, especially, particularly, exclusively a soap specially designed for those with sensitive skins
2. particularly, especially, notably, exceptionally, markedly, outstandingly What was specially enjoyable about that job?
بصورةٍ إسْتِثْنائِيَّهبصورةٍ خاصَّهخُصُوصاً
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đặc biệt dành cho


[ˈspeʃəlɪ] ADV
1. (= specifically) [designed, made, adapted, trained, selected] → especialmente, expresamente
a lotion specially formulated for childrenuna loción formulada especialmente or expresamente para niños
we asked for it speciallylo pedimos a propósito
2. (= particularly) → especialmente, en especial, en particular
we would specially like to see the orchardnos gustaría especialmente or en especial ver el huerto, nos gustaría ver el huerto en particular
specially the yellow onesespecialmente or sobre todo los amarillos
3. (= exceptionally) → especialmente, particularmente
her job is not specially important to hersu trabajo no es especialmente or particularmente importante para ella
the food was specially goodla comida era excepcional or excepcionalmente buena


[ˈspɛʃəli] adv
(= specifically) → spécialement
It's specially designed for teenagers → C'est spécialement conçu pour les adolescents.
(= particularly) → spécialement
It can be very cold here, specially in winter → Il peut faire très froid ici, surtout en hiver., Il peut faire très froid ici, spécialement en hiver.
not specially → pas spécialement
Do you like opera? - Not specially → Tu aimes l'opéra? - Pas spécialement.special needs
npl (British)besoins mpl éducatifs spécifiques
children with special needs → enfants à besoins éducatifs spécifiques
modif [children, students] → à besoins éducatifs spécifiques; [housing, scheme] → à l'usage des personnes à besoins spécifiquesspecial offer noffre f spéciale
on special offer → en promotionspecial school n (British)centre m d'éducation spécialiséespecial student n (US) (at university)auditeur/trice m/f librespecial subject n (at school, university)option f; (advanced)sujet m spécialisé


advbesonders; (= specifically)extra; (= for a particular purpose)speziell, extra; a specially difficult taskeine besonders schwierige Aufgabe; I had it specially madeich habe es extra machen lassen; we asked for it speciallywir haben extra darum gebeten; he brought it specially for meer hat es extra or eigens für mich gebracht; they were all pretty girls, specially the two sistersdie Mädchen waren alle hübsch, besonders or insbesondere die beiden Schwestern; we would specially like to see the orchardwir würden besonders gern den Obstgarten sehen; don’t go to the post office specially/specially for megehen Sie deswegen/meinetwegen nicht extra zur Post®


[ˈspɛʃlɪ] adv (specifically) → specialmente; (on purpose) → apposta; (particularly) → particolarmente


(ˈspeʃəl) adjective
1. out of the ordinary; un-usual or exceptional. a special occasion; a special friend.
2. appointed, arranged, designed etc for a particular purpose. a special messenger; a special tool for drilling holes.
something which is special. There's a special (= a special train) due through here at 5.20.
ˈspecialist noun
a person who makes a very deep study of one branch of a subject or field. Dr Brown is a heart specialist.
speciality (speʃiˈəti) , (American) specialty (ˈspeʃəlti) plurals speciˈalities, ~ˈspecialties noun
1. a special product for which one is well-known. Brown bread is this baker's speciality.
2. a special activity, or subject about which one has special knowledge. His speciality is physics.
ˈspecialize, ˈspecialise verb
(usually with in) go give one's attention (to), work (in), or study (a particular job, subject etc). He specializes in fixing computers.
ˌspecialiˈzation, ˌspecialiˈsation noun
ˈspecialized, ˈspecialised adjective
(of knowledge, skills etc) of the accurate detailed kind obtained by specializing.
ˈspecially adverb
1. with one particular purpose. I picked these flowers specially for you; a splendid cake, specially made for the occasion.
2. particularly; exceptionally. He's a nice child, but not specially clever.


خُصُوصاً zvláště specielt speziell ιδιαίτερα especialmente erityisesti spécialement posebno particolarmente 特別に 특별히 specifiek spesielt specjalnie especialmente особенно särskilt อย่างพิเศษ özellikle đặc biệt dành cho 专门地
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It yields the article commonly known as whalebone or baleen; and the oil specially known as whale oil, an inferior article in commerce.
Look now at Stubb; a man who from his humorous, deliberate coolness and equanimity in the direst emergencies, was specially qualified to excel in pitchpoling.
Specially, seeing we got it so easy -- GIVEN back to us, flung at our heads, as you may say, when of course we allowed to have to steal it back.
Indeed it was specially good fortune, for she was to have two lodgers instead of one.
One thing specially surprised me, and that was, there were no journeyings backward and forward, no visits to Ingram Park: to be sure it was twenty miles off, on the borders of another county; but what was that distance to an ardent lover?
When any object specially attracted his attention he half closed his eyelids to look at it.
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Whether myrmidons of Justice, specially sent down from London, would be lying in ambush behind the gate?
And in this point of trusting to some throw of fortune's dice, Godfrey can hardly be called specially old-fashioned.
specially dedicated to that purpose, and which laid them under
It is rather horrid of me, as he has sent me my portrait in the most wonderful frame, specially designed by himself, and, though I am a little jealous of the picture for being a whole month younger than I am, I must admit that I delight in it.
The porter looked about him, noticing and admiring everything; but his attention was specially attracted by a third lady sitting on the throne, who was even more beautiful than the other two.

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