specially vs especially :

specially or especially

In most contexts “specially” is more common than “especially,” but when you mean “particularly” “especially” works better: “I am not especially excited about inheriting my grandmother’s neurotic Siamese cat.” “Especial” in the place of “special” is very formal and rather old-fashioned.

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Definitions

  • r  in a special manner
    a specially arranged dinner
  • r  to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common
    an especially (or specially) cautious approach to the danger

  • r  to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common
    an especially (or specially) cautious approach to the danger
  • r  in a special manner
News & Articles

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