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[ih-spesh-uh-lee] /ɪˈspɛʃ ə li/
particularly; exceptionally; markedly:
Be especially watchful.
Origin of especially
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at especial, -ly
Can be confused
especially, specially (see synonym study at the current entry; see usage note at special)
signally, notably; mainly.
Synonym Study
Especially, chiefly, particularly, principally refer to those cases that seem to be significant. Especially and particularly single out the most prominent case or example (often in order to particularize a general statement): Winter is especially severe on old people. Corn grows well in the Middle West, particularly in Iowa. Chiefly and principally imply that the general statement applies to a majority of the cases in question, and have a somewhat comparative force: Owls fly chiefly at night. Crime occurs principally in large cities.
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See special. Unabridged
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in particular; specifically: for everyone's sake, especially your children's
very much: especially useful for vegans
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Word Origin and History for especially

c.1400, from especial + -ly (2).

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