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adjective es·pe·cial \i-ˈspe-shəl\

Definition of especial

  1. :  being distinctive: such asa :  directed toward a particular individual, group, or end sent especial greetings to his son took especial care to speak clearlyb :  of special note or importance :  unusually great or significant a decision of especial relevancec :  highly distinctive or personal :  peculiar had an especial dislike for musicd :  close, intimate his especial cronye :  specific, particular had no especial destination in mind

in especial

  1. :  in particular

Examples of especial in a sentence

  1. This is a matter of especial importance.

  2. a candidate who handled the stunning defeat with especial grace

Origin and Etymology of especial

Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at special


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of especial

special, especial, specific, particular, individual mean of or relating to one thing or class. special stresses having a quality, character, identity, or use of its own special ingredients. especial may add implications of preeminence or preference a matter of especial importance. specific implies a quality or character distinguishing a kind or a species children with specific nutritional needs. particular stresses the distinctness of something as an individual a ballet step of particular difficulty. individual implies unequivocal reference to one of a class or group valued each individual opinion.

ESPECIAL Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective es·pe·cial \i-ˈspe-shəl\

Definition of especial for English Language Learners

  • : more than usual


ESPECIAL Defined for Kids

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adjective es·pe·cial \i-ˈspe-shəl\

Definition of especial for Students

  1. :  more than usual :  special

especially

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