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adverb especially pronunciation in American English /ɪˈspeʃ(ə)li/
  1. 1
    used when mentioning conditions that make something more relevant, important, or true

    It was a very cold house, especially in the winter.

    especially because/since:

    He did not want to upset his father, especially because his mother was so sick.

    especially if/when:

    You'll need to pay for your ticket in advance, especially if you want to reserve a seat.

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  2. 2
    used for showing that what you are saying applies to one person or thing more than others

    India, especially the southern part, has an immense potential to attract tourists.

    especially not someone/something:

    Don't talk to anyone about this – especially not my mother.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of especially
  3. 3
    used for emphasizing that a quality or feeling exists to a great degree

    We're especially concerned about the rise in inflation.

    I especially like the idea of using music in the classroom.

  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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