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specifically: The dress was specially designed for the occasion.
Not to be confused with:
especially – chiefly, particularly: Winter is especially hard on older people.
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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.
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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.
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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"
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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?
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[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
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[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
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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®
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[ˈspɛʃlɪ] adv (specifically) → specialmente; (on purpose) → apposta; (particularly) → particolarmente
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(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.
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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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If we assume, as science normally does, the continuity of physical processes, we are forced to conclude that, at the place where the plate is, and at all places between it and a star which it photographs, SOMETHING is happening which is specially connected with that star.
The view generally entertained by naturalists is that species, when intercrossed, have been specially endowed with the quality of sterility, in order to prevent the confusion of all organic forms.
Miss Polly did not usually make hurried movements; she specially prided herself on her repose of manner.
Some of them have little boxes of dentistical-looking implements, specially intended for the skrimshandering business.
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.
But to marry such an elegant accomplished gentleman as has been just now described to us- indeed, indeed, though it was a folly, it was not such a great one as you think; for according to the rules of my master here- and he won't allow me to lie- as of men of letters bishops are made, so of gentlemen knights, specially if they be errant, kings and emperors may be made."
I think there was hardly an inhabitant of Hayslope specially mentioned in this history and still resident in the parish on this November morning who was not either in church to see Adam and Dinah married, or near the church door to greet them as they came forth.
And lastly, learned times, specially with peace and prosperity; for troubles and adversities do more bow men's minds to religion.
We had made a pilgrimage to all the old haunts--the hill field, the spruce wood, the dairy, Grandfather King's willow, the Pulpit Stone, Pat's grave, and Uncle Stephen's Walk; and now we foregathered in the sere grasses about the old well and feasted on the little jam turnovers Felicity had made that day specially for the occasion.
In Turkey he had got into a harem; in India he had hunted on an elephant, and now in Russia he wished to taste all the specially Russian forms of pleasure.
Little by little he changed his tone when speaking of his "friend," whom Long Jack had christened "the Crazy Kid," "the Gilt-edged Baby," "the Suckin' Vanderpoop," and other pet names; and with his sea-booted feet cocked up on the table would even invent histories about silk pajamas and specially imported neckwear, to the "friend's" discredit.
It was also observed during those two or three days that he was in a state of morbid self-esteem, and was specially touchy on all points of honour.

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