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adverb es·pe·cial·ly \is-ˈpesh-lē, -ˈpe-shə-\

Simple Definition of especially

  • : more than usually

  • —used to indicate something that deserves special mention

  • : for a particular purpose or person

Full Definition of especially

  1. 1 :  specially 1

  2. 2 a :  in particular :  particularly <food seems cheaper, especially meats> b :  for a particular purpose <built especially for research>

  3. 3 —used as an intensive <an especially good essay> <nothing especially radical in the remarks>

Examples of especially

  1. With the help of his staff, [Tim] Russert was especially good at arming himself for an interview by compiling a politician's previous statements in all their contradictions. Google was his tool and Gotcha his game. —David Remnick, New Yorker, 23 June 2008

  2. In 1972, we began nonstop coverage of the Nixon-McGovern presidential campaign. Hunter [S. Thompson] took over my life then—and for many years after that when he was reporting (long nocturnal telephone calls and frequent all-night strategy sessions) and especially when he was writing. He was demanding in his need for time, attention, care, handling and editing. —Jann S. Wenner, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2005

  3. Moreover, Gone with the Wind is peopled with characters whose inconsistencies make them interesting, none more so than Scarlett O'Hara, an unattractive, inexplicably seductive antiheroine whom Trollope himself might well have been pleased to dream up on an especially good day. —Terry Teachout, National Review, 20 Aug. 2001

  4. … I am a tax dweeb. I like thinking about taxes and writing about taxes, and I really like doing my taxes. Especially since do-it-yourself tax software in a box got so great. —Linda Stern, Newsweek, 6 Mar. 2000

  5. He was especially concerned about the contract.

  6. There is nothing especially radical about that idea.

  7. Winning this tournament was especially satisfying.

  8. I made this pie especially for you.

15th Century

First Known Use of especially

15th century

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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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