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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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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The coin used for the pre-game coin flip was one specially made for Thursday's game with Stoneman Douglas' school logo on one side and the names of the 17 killed on the other along with the words #NeverAgain - March For Our Lives. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "Douglas' football team plays first game since school shooting. Here's what happened | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 To soften the look, designers are hanging drapes and fabrics — all specially made for the outdoors — to set off this intimate gathering area. Detroit Free Press, "It’s all in the details: Get the outdoors ready for Memorial Day," 23 May 2018 Velvet, a black Labrador/Golden Retriever cross, was one of the first dogs specially trained by Canine Companions as part of the study to assist with symptoms of PTSD by performing specific commands. Jennifer Williams, Fox News, "The Daily Spike: Make every day Independence Day," 6 July 2018 The musicians are specially trained to apply their skills to therapy, often by interacting with patients during performances, and getting them to beat on drums, sing, and dance. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 Sully, 2, is specially trained to help Bush with his daily activities, in addition to being a loyal canine companion. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "George H.W. Bush Has an Adorable New Service Dog! Here's Everything to Know About Sully," 26 June 2018 The musicians are specially trained to apply their skills to therapy, often by interacting with patients during performances, and getting them to beat on drums, sing and dance. Robert Mccoppin, courant.com, "Music Can Call Back Loved Ones Lost In Alzheimer's Darkness," 22 June 2018 No appointment needed, and specially trained social workers and hospital doctors will work with you and your family to stabilize the emergency and refer you or a family member to outpatient services at Centerstone or another community provider. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "There's help. Here are some suicide prevention resources in Louisville," 8 June 2018 All pets offer some sort of therapy, but some pets are specially trained to spread love throughout communities. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: June 3-9 Is Pet Appreciation Week," 3 June 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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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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