- es|pe|cial|ly [ ı`speʃli ] adverb ***1. ) used when mentioning conditions that make something more relevant, important, or true: PARTICULARLY: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.2. ) used for showing that what you are saying applies to one person or thing more than others: PARTICULARLY: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.3. ) used for emphasizing that a quality or feeling exists to a great degree: PARTICULARLY:We're especially concerned about the rise in inflation.I especially like the idea of using music in the classroom.4. ) for a particular purpose or for a particular person:especially for: a service especially for local peopleespecially to do something: Martin has come especially to see you, you know.not especially1. ) not very:I'm not especially interested in sports.2. ) SPOKEN used for answering no to a question about whether you like something, want something, etc. This can sound a little rude.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.