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adverb especially pronunciation in British English /ɪˈspeʃ(ə)li/

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  1. 1
    used when mentioning conditions that make something more relevant, important, or true
    It was a very cold house, especially in winter.
    especially as/because/since: He did not want to upset his father, especially as his mother was so ill.
    especially if/when: You’ll need to book your ticket in advance, especially if you want to reserve a seat.
  2. 2
    used for emphasizing that a quality or feeling exists to a great degree
    We’re especially concerned about the rise in tuition fees.
    I especially like the idea of using music in the classroom.
  3. 3
    used for showing that what you are saying applies to one person or thing more than others
    India, especially the south, has immense potential to attract tourists.
    especially not someone/something: Don’t talk to anyone about this – especially not my mother.
  4. 4
    for a particular purpose or for a particular person
    especially for: a service especially for local people
    especially to do something: Martin has come especially to see you, you know.


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