- in particular; specifically: for everyone's sake, especially your children's
- very much: especially useful for vegans
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es•pe•cial•ly /ɪˈspɛʃəli/USA pronunciation adv.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Pronounsto an exceptional degree;
markedly: Be especially watchful.
- in particular;
above all:It is hot here, especially in July.
- for a particular purpose;
specifically: These clothes were designed especially for you.
es•pe•cial•ly (i spesh′ə lē),USA pronunciation adv.
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.
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