Meaning of “specially” in the English Dictionary

"specially" in British English

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uk /ˈspeʃ.əl.i/ us /ˈspeʃ.əl.i/ also especially

specially adverb (VERY)

extremely or in particular:

This is a specially good wine.
"Is there anything you want to do this evening?" "Not specially."
The children really liked the museum, specially the dinosaurs.

More examples

  • I'm not specially keen on cheese.
  • I wasn't specially interested in his book.
  • She seemed specially keen to talk to him.
  • The meeting was specially well attended tonight.
  • Are you specially interested in watching this programme?

specially adverb (FOR ONE PURPOSE)

B1 for a particular purpose:

I came here specially to see you.
She has a wheelchair that was specially made for her.
The opera "Aida" was specially written for the opening of the Cairo opera house in 1871.

More examples

  • The generously proportioned singer has to have all his garments specially made.
  • I'll lend you a bag for your trip - it'll save you buying one specially.
  • A series of sorties was carried out at night by specially equipped aircraft.
  • The dogs are specially trained to follow the trail left by the fox.
  • The aircraft base is protected with specially designed shelters which are built to withstand ground and air attacks.

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

"specially" in American English

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speciallyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈspeʃ·ə·li/

in a particular way or for a particular purpose:

Her wheelchair was specially designed for her.

(Definition of “specially” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)