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UK [ɪˈspeʃ(ə)lɪ] / US
1) used when mentioning conditions that make something more relevant, important, or trueespecially as/because/since:
It was a very cold house, especially in winter.especially if/when:
He did not want to upset his father, especially as his mother was so ill.
You'll need to book your ticket in advance, especially if you want to reserve a seat.2) used for emphasizing that a quality or feeling exists to a great degree
We're especially concerned about the rise in tuition fees.
I especially like the idea of using music in the classroom.3) used for showing that what you are saying applies to one person or thing more than othersespecially not someone/something:
India, especially the south, has immense potential to attract tourists.
Don't talk to anyone about this – especially not my mother.4) for a particular purpose or for a particular personespecially for:especially to do something:
a service especially for local people
Martin has come especially to see you, you know.•
English dictionary. 2014.
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Especially — Es*pe cial*ly, adv. In an especial manner; chiefly; particularly; peculiarly; in an uncommon degree. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
especially — index a fortiori, particularly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
especially — c.1400, from ESPECIAL (Cf. especial) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) … Etymology dictionary
especially — [adv] exceptionally, particularly abnormally, above all, before all else, chiefly, conspicuously, curiously, eminently, exclusively, expressly, extraordinarily, in particular, in specie, mainly, markedly, notably, oddly, outstandingly, peculiarly … New thesaurus
especially — [e spesh′əl ē, i spesh′əl ē] adv. particularly; mainly; to a marked degree; unusually … English World dictionary
especially — es|pe|cial|ly W1S1 [ıˈspeʃəli] adv 1.) [sentence adverb] used to emphasize that something is more important or happens more with one particular thing than with others = ↑particularly ▪ I never liked long walks, especially in winter. ▪ Art books… … Dictionary of contemporary English
especially — es|pe|cial|ly [ ı speʃli ] adverb *** 1. ) used when mentioning conditions that make something more relevant, important, or true: PARTICULARLY: It was a very cold house, especially in the winter. especially because/since: He did not want to upset … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
especially — /I speSFli/ also specially spoken adverb 1 (sentence adverb) used to emphasize that something is more important or happens more with one particular thing than with others: Crime is growing at a rapid rate, especially in urban areas. 2 (+ adj/adv) … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
especially — especial, especially, special, specially 1. There is no longer any great difficulty with especial because special has all but driven it out, although it is still used occasionally to refer principally to exceptional personal qualities or… … Modern English usage