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 Hikers, especially those going it alone, shouldn’t skip this step when heading out. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Tirias Research believes that as the industry shifts towards autonomous vehicles many consumers, especially those in urban areas, will shift toward the use of ride-hailing services and car sharing models over purchasing individual vehicles outright. Jim Mcgregor, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 This bill really hurts Black and brown communities, especially those along the border. Emma Specter, Vogue, 7 Sep. 2021 Among many contemporary British feminists, especially those who lived through the arc of the liberation movement, Ruskin evokes both regret and hope—a promise that was not delivered but might be delivered still. Amia Srinivasan, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Here’s the latest advice from experts on protecting children, especially those younger than 12 who do not yet have access to coronavirus vaccines, during the delta surge. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2021 And Lydia Boussour, lead U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, calculated last month that 40% of the missing jobs are vulnerable to automation, especially those in food preparation, retail sales and manufacturing., 5 Sep. 2021 And Lydia Boussour, lead U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, calculated last month that 40% of the missing jobs are vulnerable to automation, especially those in food preparation, retail sales and manufacturing. Matt O'brien And Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2021 Dense inward growth also provides cover for diseases, especially those that thrive on moisture and humidity. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 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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11 Sep 2021

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“Especially.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of especially

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

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