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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Her shoes were also specially made for her by Christian Louboutin. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Rihanna Wore Fall's Snakeskin Trend As Only Rihanna Can," 3 Oct. 2018 Their blunt snouts and flexible jaws are specially adapted for shoving into shells and sucking out snails. Alejandro Arteaga, National Geographic, "These 5 New Snake Species Suck Snails Out of Their Shells," 14 June 2018 Sonny’s BBQ is marking its golden anniversary with a sweepstakes that will allow one diner to try its specially created 24K gold ribs valued at $1,968. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sonny's BBQ celebrating 50th anniversary with 24K gold ribs," 2 July 2018 The ride-sharing company’s specially outfitted Volvo was deliberately tested on public roads without its emergency braking system turned on, the agency said. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Uber safety driver’s phone was streaming ‘The Voice’ ahead of deadly driverless crash, police find," 22 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of specially

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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