Definition of “especially” - English Dictionary

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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)

“especially” in American English

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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.

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