spe·​cial·​ly | \ ˈspe-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce specially (audio) \

Definition of specially

1 : in a special manner treated her friends specially
2a : for a special purpose dresses made specially for the occasion
b : in particular : specifically made specially for you
3 : especially sense 2 makes a specially fine curry was specially pleased with the gift

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Synonyms & Antonyms for specially


especially, notably, particularly, specifically



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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.
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Hair-care products for oily hair and scalp: Products formulated to provide solutions for oily hair and scalp, including dandruff and other specially formulated shampoos, leave-in conditioners, and deep conditioners/hair masks. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Here Are the Submission Guidelines for Our 2019 Healthy Beauty Awards," 5 Mar. 2019 Lash extensions are semi-permanent, synthetic, faux mink or silk fibers that are applied strand by strand with specially formulated non-irritating glue to your own lashes to enhance your eye shape. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Every Question You've Ever Had About Lash Extensions Answered," 4 Feb. 2019 Other banks, such as TD, are closing specially for Easter Sunday. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Are Banks Open on Good Friday This Year?," 11 Mar. 2019 At the BAFTAs, Cuarón was specially awarded the David Lean Award for Direction, while Roma took home Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Not in the English Language. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roma Director Alfonso Cuarón? You've Definitely Seen His Incredible Movies," 23 Feb. 2019 Storage: There are many ways to store linens such as in drawers or on shelves that are specially constructed for them (which most of us don’t have), in regular drawers or on regular shelves and on hangers for tablecloths or runners. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 My favorite product from Vida is her own Vitamin C Antioxidant cleansing pads, which are specially formulated with antioxidants and citrus extracts to gently cleanse the skin nightly. Peggy Siegal, Town & Country, "This Underground Plastic Surgery Guide Is the Talk of the Upper East Side," 20 Nov. 2017 At Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, paper coffee cups were specially printed with a picture of a lighthouse and a play on words to show that the entire company is waiting for her return. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "The Public Face of Huawei’s Global Fight," 19 Jan. 2019 There are nine white-walled chalets on the property (specially designed to be cooled by the wind rather than air conditioning), a swimming pool, and two Dalmatians, Ipa and Nema, in residence. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of specially

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of specially

: for a special purpose
: to a special or unusual degree : particularly or especially
: in a special manner

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