US: /əˈspɛʃəɫi/, /əˈspɛʃɫi/
English Vietnamese dictionary
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Advanced English dictionary
+ adverb (abbreviation esp.)
1 more with one person, thing, etc. than with others, or more in particular circumstances than in others
The car is quite small, especially if you have children. + Teenagers are very fashion conscious, especially girls. + I love Rome, especially in the spring.
2 for a particular purpose, person, etc: I made it especially for you.
3 very much; to a particular degree: I wasn't feeling especially happy that day. + 'Do you like his novels?' 'Not especially.'
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.
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 BrE, 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.
1 particularly, specially, specifically, exceptionally, conspicuously, singularly, remarkably, extraordinarily, unusually, uncommonly, peculiarly, outstandingly, uniquely, notably, strikingly, noticeably, markedly, signally:
She was especially good at mathematics.
2 chiefly, mainly, predominantly, primarily, principally, first, firstly, first of all, above all:
He is especially interested in music.
Concise English dictionary
+to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common
+in a special manner