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 intensive an especially good essaynothing especially radical in the remarks

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Examples of especially in a Sentence

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 Google TV’s value proposition is extraordinary for such an inexpensive device, especially with YouTube TV and Nest. Steven Aquino, Forbes, "The Chromecast With Google TV Makes Watching Television More Accessible In More Ways Than One," 11 May 2021 Predictably, the offense was clunky, especially with the defense-minded Knicks clogging things up with their pressure and physicality. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "With LeBron James still out, Lakers rally to defeat Knicks in OT thriller," 11 May 2021 The Lakers have more size, especially with the addition of Andre Drummond and the return of Davis, who didn't play in the first two games against Phoenix due to injury. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Look back at loss to Lakers, ahead to Golden State Warriors," 10 May 2021 Doctors attribute the weight gain to a loss of routine over the past year—especially with remote schooling—which has disrupted kids’ usual eating, activity and sleep habits. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Kids’ Weight Gain in the Pandemic Is Alarming Doctors," 10 May 2021 While there was some protection to the wearer as well, especially with high filtration masks, most of the benefit was to those around you. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The complicated calculus of mask-wearing," 9 May 2021 In reality that’s all that matters, especially with a fighter of Alvarez’s status. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders at AT&T Stadium officially the largest indoor boxing event in U.S. history," 8 May 2021 Such designations abound in Utah, and for many conservative political leaders, the last thing Utah needs is more, especially with Biden expected to restore the two national monuments that President Donald Trump reduced by 2 million acres in 2017. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biden unveils plan to conserve 30% of the U.S.," 8 May 2021 The receiver corps loses top targets Amari Rodgers and Cornell Powell but still has enough star power to rank among the top groups in the country, especially with star Justyn Ross set to return after missing last year due to injury. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "What we learned from 2021 spring football, from Alabama's QB to teams with most depth," 7 May 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Especially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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