particularly; exceptionally; markedly: Be especially watchful.

1350–1400; Middle English; see especial, -ly

especially, specially, specialty (see synonym study at the current entry).

signally, notably; mainly. Especially, chiefly, particularly, principally refer to those cases that seem to be significant. Especially and particularly single out the most prominent case or example (often in order to particularize a general statement): Winter is especially severe on old people. Corn grows well in the Middle West, particularly in Iowa. Chiefly and principally imply that the general statement applies to a majority of the cases in question, and have a somewhat comparative force: Owls fly chiefly at night. Crime occurs principally in large cities.

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especially (ɪˈspɛʃəlɪ)
1.  in particular; specifically: for everyone's sake, especially your children's
2.  very much: especially useful for vegans

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from O.Fr. especial (see especial).
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Example sentences
You have to be especially charismatic and inviting.
The famous horses of Ferghana were especially valued .
Oysters are nutritious and of easy digestibility, especially when eaten raw.
The window for movie licensing is very tight, and the window for publishing
  especially is getting tighter and tighter.
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