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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for specially


especially, notably, particularly, specifically



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Three award recipients were specially selected and honored during the ceremony. Susan Haas, USA TODAY, "BET Awards: The winners list," 24 June 2019 But the difference is that majority of the items in At Home are unbranded, private label, or made specially for them. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "At Home: the Growing Discount Home Furniture Store You Should Know," 12 June 2019 Every single shampoo, oil, conditioner, and hair mask has moisturizing, conditioning, and cleansing benefits made specially for natural hair textures. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The 15 Best Black-Owned Beauty Brands I'll Never Stop Talking About," 11 Feb. 2019 Then, there are the anti-gravity Fisher Space Pens, developed specially for the Apollo missions. Washington Post, "50 years later, the moon is still great for business," 24 June 2019 Then, there are the anti-gravity Fisher Space Pens, developed specially for the Apollo missions. Fox News, "50 years later, the Moon is still great for business," 24 June 2019 However, in the wake of both fanfare and controversy, the drug has not been not widely used, in part because women couldn't take it with alcohol and health care providers had to be specially certified to prescribe it. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "FDA approves new drug for women with low sexual desire disorder," 21 June 2019 That carrier also worked with Twinings to create a tea blend that would still taste good at altitude, and recently announced a Pickering's gin specially crafted for drinking in the sky. Author: Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, "'Mile Cry Club’: Why human emotions and senses go haywire on a plane," 21 June 2019 The park will also feature original theme songs created specially for the new land by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Walt Disney World Is Raising Prices of Annual Passes Ahead of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Opening," 20 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'specially.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of specially

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about specially

Statistics for specially

Last Updated

11 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for specially

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for specially



English Language Learners Definition of specially

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on specially

What made you want to look up specially? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!