especially


especially
es|pe|cial|ly [ ı`speʃli ] adverb ***
1. ) used when mentioning conditions that make something more relevant, important, or true: PARTICULARLY:
It was a very cold house, especially in the winter.
especially because/since: He did not want to upset his father, especially because his mother was so sick.
especially if/when: You'll need to pay for your ticket in advance, especially if you want to reserve a seat.
2. ) used for showing that what you are saying applies to one person or thing more than others: PARTICULARLY:
India, especially the southern part, has an immense potential to attract tourists.
especially not someone/something: Don't talk to anyone about this especially not my mother.
3. ) used for emphasizing that a quality or feeling exists to a great degree: PARTICULARLY:
We're especially concerned about the rise in inflation.
I especially like the idea of using music in the classroom.
4. ) for a particular purpose or for a particular person:
especially for: a service especially for local people
especially to do something: Martin has come especially to see you, you know.
not especially
1. ) not very:
I'm not especially interested in sports.
2. ) SPOKEN used for answering no to a question about whether you like something, want something, etc. This can sound a little rude.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • especially — ► ADVERB 1) in particular. 2) to a great extent; very much. USAGE The words especially and specially are not interchangeable, although both can mean ‘particularly’. Only especially means ‘in particular’, as in he despised them all, especially… …   English terms dictionary

  • Especially — Es*pe cial*ly, adv. In an especial manner; chiefly; particularly; peculiarly; in an uncommon degree. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • especially — index a fortiori, particularly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • especially — c.1400, from ESPECIAL (Cf. especial) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • especially — [adv] exceptionally, particularly abnormally, above all, before all else, chiefly, conspicuously, curiously, eminently, exclusively, expressly, extraordinarily, in particular, in specie, mainly, markedly, notably, oddly, outstandingly, peculiarly …   New thesaurus

  • especially — [e spesh′əl ē, i spesh′əl ē] adv. particularly; mainly; to a marked degree; unusually …   English World dictionary

  • especially — es|pe|cial|ly W1S1 [ıˈspeʃəli] adv 1.) [sentence adverb] used to emphasize that something is more important or happens more with one particular thing than with others = ↑particularly ▪ I never liked long walks, especially in winter. ▪ Art books… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • especially — /I speSFli/ also specially spoken adverb 1 (sentence adverb) used to emphasize that something is more important or happens more with one particular thing than with others: Crime is growing at a rapid rate, especially in urban areas. 2 (+ adj/adv) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • especially */*/*/ — UK [ɪˈspeʃ(ə)lɪ] / US adverb 1) used when mentioning conditions that make something more relevant, important, or true It was a very cold house, especially in winter. especially as/because/since: He did not want to upset his father, especially as… …   English dictionary

  • especially — especial, especially, special, specially 1. There is no longer any great difficulty with especial because special has all but driven it out, although it is still used occasionally to refer principally to exceptional personal qualities or… …   Modern English usage