Definition of especially adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈspeʃəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈspeʃəli//
    (abbreviation esp.)
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  1. 1  more with one person, thing, etc. than with others, or more in particular circumstances than in others synonym particularly The car is quite 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, the effectiveness with which 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. 2  for a particular purpose, person, etc. I made it especially for you. 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 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.
  3. 3very much; to a particular degree I wasn't feeling especially happy that day. ‘Do you like his novels?’ ‘Not especially.’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: especially