spe·​cial·​ly ˈspe-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce specially (audio)
: in a special manner
treated her friends specially
: for a special purpose
dresses made specially for the occasion
: in particular : specifically
made specially for you
: especially sense 2
makes a specially fine curry
was specially pleased with the gift

Examples of specially in a Sentence

dresses made specially for a wedding The speech was written specially for the occasion. The room was specially designed to be used as a library. I was specially pleased with your gift. people who are not specially gifted I don't want to be treated specially. See More
Recent Examples on the Web After years of delay, Real ID will go into effect across America, requiring citizens to present a specially marked ID to go through TSA checkpoints and enter buildings like military bases. The Indianapolis Star, 26 Feb. 2024 Richard Davis keeps his replica Congressional Gold Medal in a glass case that his wife had specially made to hold the award.. Graham Womack, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 The mineral sunscreen is specially formulated for those with sensitive skin and designed to be entirely noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic. Brigitt Earley, Glamour, 21 Feb. 2024 This exfoliant from Osea is specially made for dry skin, as its combination of Dead Sea and Himalayan pink salts work together to slough away your dead skin cells without irritating or breaking the skin. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 So the story goes, craftsmen were brought in from England to lay bricks that were specially made for the project by Denver’s Robinson Brick Company. Mark David, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 But most of these robots were large—and expensive—machines that required a construction site to be specially modified to accommodate them. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 Sip a glass of limited-edition Eyes of the Dragon, a dragon fruit tart ale with notes of guava brewed specially for the occasion, while taking in a lion dance performance from Johns Hopkins University’s Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2024 Researchers also specially bred mice susceptible to a lupus-like condition that can be triggered by a chemical irritant. TIME, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of specially was in the 14th century

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“Specially.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specially. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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