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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Other new items in stock at the resource library in Anchorage include fidget blankets and tool kits, which are both specially designed for those with dementia. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 10 June 2021 The devices, specially designed by prisons communications company Securus Technologies, will include free content such as prison policies, access to a law library, some books, and educational and self-help materials. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 It’s specially designed for kids that have grown out of a pack-n-play but aren’t quite ready for a full-sized mattress. Korin Miller, Forbes, 8 June 2021 It is specially designed to cover up odors at a molecular level by actively reacting with bad smell molecules. Chris Hachey, BGR, 1 June 2021 Each size is specially designed for the brand’s most popular grills, including the Genesis, Spirit, Summit, and Performer Deluxe series. Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 These disposable seat covers by Medd Mask are specially designed to cover seats on all types of public transportation, including airplanes, buses, trains, and more. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 16 May 2021 Vehicles that can handle those fuels have specially designed components that can stand up to the corrosive ethanol content. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, 14 May 2021 The members of the panel are seeking a new career track in the Defense Department in which judge advocates general — military lawyers — would be specially trained to deal with such cases. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Specially.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specially. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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