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Definition of especially adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ɪˈspɛʃli//
    (abbreviation esp.)
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  1. 1more with one person, thing, etc. than with others, or more in particular circumstances than in others synonym particularly The car feels really small, especially if you have children. Teenagers are very fashion conscious, especially girls. I love Rome, especially in the spring. Language Bankemphasishighlighting an important point This case emphasizes/highlights the importance of honest communication between managers and employees. Effective communication skills are essential/crucial/vital. It should be noted that this study considers only verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is not dealt with here. It is important to remember that/An important point to remember is that non-verbal communication plays a key role in getting your message across. Communication is not only about the words you use but also your body language and, especially/above all, how effectively you listen. I would like to draw attention to the role of listening in effective communication. Choose your words carefully:in particular, avoid confusing and ambiguous language. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you must learn to listen as well as to speak.
  2. 2for a particular purpose, person, etc. I made it especially for you.
  3. 3very much; to a particular degree I wasn't feeling especially happy that day. “Do you like his novels?” “Not especially.”
Which Word?especially / specially Especially 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 New York. In informal spoken English , especially and specially are often used in the same way and it can be hard to hear the difference when people speak: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.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: especially