especial

adjective es·pe·cial \ i-ˈspe-shəl \

Definition of especial

:being distinctive: such as
a :directed toward a particular individual, group, or end
  • sent especial greetings to his son
  • took especial care to speak clearly
b :of special note or importance :unusually great or significant
  • a decision of especial relevance
c :highly distinctive or personal :peculiar
  • had an especial dislike for music
d :close, intimate
  • his especial crony
e :specific, particular
  • had no especial destination in mind
in especial
: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

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Origin and Etymology of especial

Middle English, from Anglo-French — more at special

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

especial

adjective

Definition of especial for English Language Learners

  • : more than usual


ESPECIAL Defined for Kids

especial

adjective es·pe·cial \ i-ˈspe-shəl \

Definition of especial for Students

:more than usual :special

especially

adverb


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