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"especially" in British English

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especiallyadverb

uk   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 ​whitewines. for a ​particularreason: I ​chose this especially foryour new ​house. They ​invited her to ​speak especially because of her ​experience in ​innercities.

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

"especially" in American English

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especiallyadverb

 us   /ɪˈspeʃ·ə·li/
(used to ​emphasize the ​importance of one thing among ​others of ​itstype or to ​point to one thing among ​others) very; ​particularly: He was especially ​fond of his ​youngestbrother. She ​campaignedthroughout the US, but especially in the ​northeast.
(Definition of especially from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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