es·​pe·​cial·​ly | \ i-ˈspesh-lē How to pronounce especially (audio) , -ˈspe-shə- \

Definition of especially

2a : in particular : particularly food seems cheaper, especially meats
b : for a particular purpose built especially for research
3 used as an intensivean especially good essaynothing especially radical in the remarks

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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 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 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 … 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 He was especially concerned about the contract. There is nothing especially radical about that idea. Winning this tournament was especially satisfying. I made this pie especially for you.
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Recent Examples on the Web Another great feature—especially for uneven pavement or gravel lots—is the cooker's legs, which adjust independently to make sure the grilltop is flat even on unbalanced surfaces. The Si Staff,, "Get Ready for Fall with These Must-Have Tailgating Accessories," 31 Aug. 2017 The stabilizing effect is strongest when external engagement is especially likely. Aila M. Matanock, Washington Post, "The FARC just became a Colombian political party. Here’s why elections are critical to a lasting peace.," 30 Aug. 2017 But, even taking Hollywood's shifting release schedule into account, this summer was particularly disappointing, especially with regard to the large number of high-price sequels and reboots that fell flat with audiences over the past few months. Tom Huddleston, Fortune, "Hollywood Is About to Post Its Worst Summer Box Office in Recent Memory," 29 Aug. 2017 Diallo was often at the head of the line and especially helpful and talkative to the high school players getting their first taste of college level work. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "The crucial area of improvement for Kentucky basketball's Hamidou Diallo," 28 Aug. 2017 For one part, initial avoidance of floodplains created desirable targets for development, especially in the middle of cities. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Houston's Flood Is a Design Problem," 28 Aug. 2017 And a recording, especially an old one, is a poor substitute. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "​​​​​​​Maestrissimo, Part I," 28 Aug. 2017 The road to another crown has plenty of stumbling blocks, especially considering that the county may be as balanced as ever. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Howard County boys soccer teams aiming to unseat Mt. Hebron," 27 Aug. 2017 Subtlety, however, has never been one of them—especially where hair and makeup is concerned. Erin Reimel, Glamour, "50 Photos of VMAs Hair Through the Decades That Are Just Too Damn Good," 26 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of especially

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of especially was in the 15th century

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“Especially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of especially

: more than usually
used to indicate something that deserves special mention
: for a particular purpose or person

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