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Dictionary Definition

especially adv
1 to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common; "he was particularly fussy about spelling"; "a particularly gruesome attack"; "under peculiarly tragic circumstances"; "an especially (or specially) cautious approach to the danger" [syn: particularly, peculiarly, specially]
2 in a special manner; "a specially arranged dinner" [syn: specially]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • GenAm
    • /ɛsˈpɛʃəli/
    • /Es"pES@li/



  1. particularly; to a greater extent than is normal
  2. In a special manner
  3. to place greater emphasis upon.
    Invite everyone, especially Molly


  • Arabic: (khuṣúṣan)
  • Dutch: vooral
  • Finnish: erityisesti
  • German: besonders
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: به‌ تایبه‌تی
  • Norwegian: spesielt
  • Portuguese: especialmente
  • Romanian: mai ales
  • Spanish: especialmente
  • Telugu: ప్రత్యేకించి (pratyEkiMchi)
in a special manner

See also

Extensive Definition

Special may refer to:
  • Special needs, a diagnosis used to classify children as needing more services than those children without special needs
  • Special teams, units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts
  • Television special, a television program, typically a short film or television movie, which interrupts or temporarily replaces scheduled programming
  • Very special episode, an advertising term for an episode of a television program that deals with a serious and/or controversial social issue
  • Special effects, visual effects used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create scenes that cannot be achieved by normal means
  • Adcox Special, a biplane built in Portland, Oregon in 1929
  • The SPECIAL System, the character creation system of the computer role-playing game Fallout
  • A special constable, a volunteer police officer
  • Special relationship is a phrase originating in the United Kingdom used to characterise what British advocates view as the positive political, diplomatic, historical, and relations between the United States and member nations of the Commonwealth of Nations or the United Kingdom.
In music:
In film and television:
Special may also be:
especially in German: Sonderausgabe
especially in French: Special
especially in Japanese: スペシャル

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a fortiori, above all, all the more, chiefly, concretely, conspicuously, definitely, distinctively, distinctly, dominantly, eminently, even, ever so, exactly, exceptionally, expressly, extraordinarily, first, first of all, firstly, in chief, in detail, in particular, in the main, indeed, item by item, mainly, markedly, minutely, more than ever, mostly, never so, no end, notably, noticeably, outstandingly, particularly, peculiarly, precisely, predominantly, preeminently, primarily, principally, remarkably, separately, signally, singly, singularly, special, specially, specifically, still more, strikingly, supremely, to be specific, uncommonly, uniquely, unusually, yea
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