especially

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

especial +‎ -ly

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈspɛʃ(ə)li/, /əˈspɛʃ(ə)li/, /ɛˈspɛʃ(ə)li/
  • (file)
  • (nonstandard) IPA(key): /ɛkˈspɛʃli/

Adverb[edit]

especially (comparative more especially, superlative most especially)

  1. (manner) In a special manner; specially.
  2. (focus) Particularly; to a greater extent than is normal.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      There is now such an immense "microliterature" on hepatics that, beyond a certain point I have given up trying to integrate (and evaluate) every minor paper published—especially narrowly floristic papers.
  3. (focus) Used to place greater emphasis upon someone or something.
    Invite everyone, especially Molly.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
      Captain Edward Carlisle [] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, [] ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      There is now such an immense "microliterature" on hepatics that, beyond a certain point I have given up trying to integrate (and evaluate) every minor paper published—especially narrowly floristic papers.

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