Meaning of “specifically” in the English Dictionary

"specifically" in British English

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specificallyadverb

uk /spəˈsɪf.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /spəˈsɪf.ɪ.kəl.i/

specifically adverb (FOR ONE PURPOSE)

C1 for a particular reason, purpose, etc.:

These jeans are designed specifically for women.
[ + to infinitive ] I bought it specifically to wear at the wedding.
We are aiming our campaign specifically at young people.

More examples

  • These advertisements are specifically aimed at young people.
  • The paper is targeted specifically at young people.
  • The stadium has been specifically designed as a venue for European Cup matches.

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

"specifically" in American English

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specificallyadverb

us /spɪˈsɪf·ɪk·li/

specifically adverb (EXACTLY)

clearly, exactly, or in detail:

I specifically asked you not to be late.
She mentioned you specifically.

specifically adverb (PARTICULARLY)

for a particular reason, purpose, etc.:

These jeans were designed specifically for women.
We went to New York specifically to visit the Metropolitan Museum.

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