1 for a particular purpose, person, etcThe ring was specially made for her.a specially designed diet planWe came specially to see you.2 (informal) more than usual or more than other thingsIt will be hard to work today—specially when it's so warm and sunny outside.I hate homework. Specially history.Usage note: especially / speciallyEspecially usually means ‘particularly’:She loves all sports, especially swimming. It is not placed first in a sentence:I especially like sweet things. Especially I like sweet things.Specially usually means ‘for a particular purpose’ and is often followed by a past participle, such as designed, developed or made:a course specially designed to meet your needs ◇ She has her clothes specially made in Paris.In British English, especially and specially are often used in the same way and it can be hard to hear the difference when people speak. Specially is less formal:I bought this especially/specially for you. ◇ It is especially/specially important to remember this.The adjective for both especially and specially is usually special.