Definition of especial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈspɛʃ(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ɛˈspɛʃ(ə)l/


1Better or greater than usual; special: these traditions are of especial interest to feminists
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  • When building a house or farm especial care should be taken to place it at the foot of a wooded hill where it is exposed to health-giving winds.
  • Where life is at stake the evidence must be scrutinised with especial care.
  • The sections on stage antiquities and on the Athenian constitution are of especial interest to scholars.
2For or belonging chiefly to one person or thing: her outburst was for my especial benefit
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  • Students and their problems were her especial concern.
  • As a Provost and Judge, it is your especial duty to render justice to all, to hear patiently, remember accurately, and weigh carefully the facts and the arguments offered.
  • Each member of the family had his especial duty to perform, his particular bags to oversee.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin specialis 'special', from species (see species).

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