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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
es•pe•cial•ly /ɪˈspɛʃəli/USA pronunciation   adv. 
  1. Pronounsto an exceptional degree;
    particularly;
    markedly: Be especially watchful.
  2. in particular;
    above all:It is hot here, especially in July.
  3. for a particular purpose;
    specifically: These clothes were designed especially for you.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
es•pe•cial•ly  (i speshə lē),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. Pronounsparticularly;
    exceptionally;
    markedly:Be especially watchful.
  • 1350–1400; Middle English; see especial, -ly
    signally, notably;
    mainly. Especially, chiefly, particularly, principally refer to those cases that seem to be significant. Especially and particularly single out the most prominent case or example (often in order to particularize a general statement):Winter is especially severe on old people. Corn grows well in the Middle West, particularly in Iowa.Chiefly and principally imply that the general statement applies to a majority of the cases in question, and have a somewhat comparative force:Owls fly chiefly at night. Crime occurs principally in large cities.
    See  special. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
especially /ɪˈspɛʃəlɪ/ adv
  1. in particular; specifically: for everyone's sake, especially your children's
  2. very much: especially useful for vegans
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Collocations: this [gift, song, poem] is especially for you, was [made, designed, purchased] especially for you, [did, made, sang] it especially for you, more...

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