What does Especially mean?

Definitions for Especially
ɪˈspɛʃ ə lies·pe·cial·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. particularly, peculiarly, especially, speciallyadverb

    to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common

    "he was particularly fussy about spelling"; "a particularly gruesome attack"; "under peculiarly tragic circumstances"; "an especially (or specially) cautious approach to the danger"

  2. specially, especiallyadverb

    in a special manner

    "a specially arranged dinner"


  1. especiallyadverb

    In a special manner; specially

  2. especiallyadverb

    particularly; to a greater extent than is normal

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Especiallyadverb

    Principally; chiefly; particularly; in an uncommon degree above any other.

    Etymology: from especial.

    I somewhat marvel, that they especially should think it absurd to oppose church government, a plain matter of action, unto matter of faith, who know that themselves divide the gospel into doctrine and discipline. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 3.

    Would you proceed especially against Caius Marcius? William Shakespeare.

    This delight they take in doing of mischief, whereby I mean spoiling of any thing to no purpose; but more especially the pleasure they take to put any thing to pain that is capable of it, I cannot persuade myself to be any other than a foreign and introduced disposition. John Locke.

    Providence hath planted in all men a natural desire and curiosity of knowing things to come; and such things especially as concern our particular happiness, or the general fate of mankind. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.


  1. especially

    Especially is an adverb that means particularly or notably, indicating a higher degree or greater emphasis on a specific person, thing, or circumstance in comparison to others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Especiallyadverb

    in an especial manner; chiefly; particularly; peculiarly; in an uncommon degree

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Especially' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #528

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Especially' in Written Corpus Frequency: #890

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Especially' in Adverbs Frequency: #75

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Especially in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Especially in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Especially in a Sentence

  1. Rich Feltes:

    The 16- to 30-day (forecast) is dry, it's favorable for row crop planting but unfavorable for wheat development, especially when you consider we've come off of this unusually dry winter for that part of the country.

  2. George Gascon:

    The criminal justice system has had a horrible impact on people of color in this country, especially African Americans, for generations, if all prosecutors took race out of the picture when making charging decisions, we would probably be in a much better place as a nation than we are today.

  3. Steve Kerber:

    After Covid started, scooter use went dramatically up, especially in places like New York City, for deliveries, people started to get overcharged for them and turned to manufacturers which happened to have lower quality control with the battery systems. The quality manufacturers are not having issues.

  4. Michael Raffl:

    Especially after how we played in Minny, I think that's huge for us, we were aggressive.

  5. Eustratios Voulamandis:

    Especially this week, with the capital controls at the banks, no matter who we asked money from, we couldn't even recover our costs.

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    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    A aculeate
    B eloquent
    C adscripted
    D foreordained

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