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"especially" in British English

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especiallyadverb

uk   /ɪˈspeʃ.əl.i/ us   /ɪˈspeʃ.əl.i/ also specially
A2 very much; more than usual or more than other people or things: She's not especially interested in sport. I love Australian wines, especially the white wines.
for a particular reason: I chose this especially for your new house. They invited her to speak especially because of her experience in inner cities.

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

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especiallyadverb

us   /ɪˈspeʃ·ə·li/
(used to emphasize the importance of one thing among others of its type or to point to one thing among others) very; particularly: He was especially fond of his youngest brother. She campaigned throughout the US, but especially in the northeast.
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