Meaning of “especial” in the English Dictionary

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"especial" in English

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especialadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ɪˈspeʃ.əl/ us /ɪˈspeʃ.əl/ formal

Examples from literature

  • All animals which he took under his especial patronage seemed to have a marked affection for him. 
  • And, seating herself, she turned immediately to the editorial page, in which the State Department of Charities felt an especial interest this morning. 
  • Especial emphasis should be placed on the use and importance of fresh, green vegetables. 
  • So she found that all her friends might freely visit her, and that her father would be received with especial gladness. 
  • They were under no especial obligation to them. 
  • When there is no one who needs any especial attention, the hostess nevertheless sits for a time with each of the different groups in order to spend at least a part of the evening with all of her guests. 

(Definition of “especial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)