What does especially mean?

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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word especially.

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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  1. Especially

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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. Alison Smidt:

    On one trip to Wisconsin I had a few notes waiting for me in the room from housekeeping saying they felt an uplifting presence in my room, while that could've been taken as super creepy, this came at a time when I was feeling especially ill and alone away from home. So it was incredible. I tipped about $20 for the week that time because it was so appreciated. I didn't really calculate that amount at all. It's just what I had.

  2. Tim Sweeney:

    Epic's frustration with Apple especially, and Google to some extent, had been building up for at least three years. Ever since Fortnite grew to have a large audience, we felt stifled by several things.

  3. Johnson Hostler:

    I've had a lot of our members, especially sexual assault survivors, emailing me, asking if this is going to distract from the broader, bigger problem of sexual assault on campus, they're worried that fallout from one story is going to give people a reason to believe campus sexual assault isn't a real problem or it's been overhyped.

  4. Rasmus Tolstrup Larsen:

    These effects are highly relevant in terms of health and risk of diseases, especially among people who are only moderately active or do not meet current guidelines for physical activity.

  5. Shanna Hobson:

    Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses's going to have a very large impact, we provide a lot of services, especially for patients that don't have a lot of insurance, and it is going to be very difficult for the other hospitals to absorb all of these patients.

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