Specially means "for a special purpose." If you walk into a room that's been specially decorated for St. Patrick's Day, there is probably a lot of green involved, and a shamrock or two.

Use the adverb specially as a slightly less formal version of especially to mean something done in a particular way — like the fabric of a raincoat that's been specially treated to repel water. Specially also tells about something done for a special occasion, like when you make your sister a specially decorated cake for her birthday.

Definitions of specially
  1. adverb
    in a special manner
    “a specially arranged dinner”
    synonyms: especially
  2. adverb
    to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common
Commonly confused words

especially / specially

The words especially and specially, have just a hair's breadth of difference between them. Both can be used to mean "particularly."

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