- es|pe|cial|lyW1S1 [ıˈspeʃəli] adv1.) [sentence adverb]used to emphasize that something is more important or happens more with one particular thing than with others= ↑particularly▪ I never liked long walks, especially in winter.▪ Art books are expensive to produce, especially if they contain colour illustrations.2.) [+ adjective/adverb]to a particularly high degree or much more than usual= ↑particularly▪ I was especially fond of chocolate biscuits.▪ Feedback is especially important in learning skills.▪ A depreciation of the dollar would make US exports cheaper and especially so in Japan.▪ Graphics are especially well handled in the book.3.) for a particular person, purpose etcespecially for▪ She bought a new pair of trainers especially for the trip.4.) not especiallynot very, or not very much▪ Accidents aren't especially common, but you never know.▪ He didn't especially want to learn to dance.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬WORD CHOICE: especially, speciallyIt is better to use especially in front of adjectives to emphasize them, although some people also use specially : The cake was especially good. | This part is especially interesting.Use especially to say that something applies more to one thing or situation than to others : Everyone loved it, especially the children. | You should call first, especially if you're going to be late.Use specially to say that something is done or made for a particular purpose : I got this specially for you. |specially designed equipment!! Especially never comes at the start of a sentence : He loves fruit. He especially likes kiwis (NOT Especially he likes ...).▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.