specially

adverb
spe·​cial·​ly | \ ˈspe-sh(ə-)lē \

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

Synonyms

especially, notably, particularly, specifically

Antonyms

generally

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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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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 Try out their monthly straight-from-the-vineyard wine subscription that comes with specially-sized bottles meant to pair with their meals. SELF, "The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 Bloomingdale, meanwhile, had flown in specially for the occasion. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York Botanical Garden Hosts Its 20th Annual Winter Wonderland Ball," 17 Dec. 2018 The Ralph Lauren piece was 75 foot long and hand-stitched into the embroidery design were eight words and phrases, specially chosen by the actress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra's Custom Ralph Lauren Wedding Veil Was 75 Feet Long," 4 Dec. 2018 It’ll be specially crafted for whoever wins the auction, and made to fit up to a US size 5. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Jony Ive and Marc Newson designed a $250,000 all-diamond ring for charity," 24 Nov. 2018 The Enduro version is for riders who are keen to explore remote areas, and specially tailored to improve off-road capability. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "Road Tested: 2019 Ducati Multistrada Enduro 1260," 24 Oct. 2018

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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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More Definitions for specially

specially

adverb

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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