[ih-spesh-uh l] /ɪˈspɛʃ əl/
special; exceptional; outstanding:
of no especial importance; an especial friend.
of a particular kind, or peculiar to a particular one; particular:
your especial case.
unusual; notable; exceptional: he paid especial attention to her that evening
applying to one person or thing in particular; not general; specific; peculiar: he had an especial dislike of relatives
late 14c., from Old French especial “pre-eminent, important,” from Latin specialis “belonging to a particular kind or species,” from species “kind” (see species).
Latin words with initial sp-, st-, sc- usually acquired an e- when borrowed by Old French. Modern French has restored the word to spécial. Originally with the same sense as special, later restricted to feelings, qualities, etc.
[ih-spesh-uh-lee] /ɪˈspɛʃ ə li/ adverb 1. particularly; exceptionally; markedly: Be especially watchful. /ɪˈspɛʃəlɪ/ adverb 1. in particular; specifically: for everyone’s sake, especially your children’s 2. very much: especially useful for vegans adv. c.1400, from especial + -ly (2).
[es-per-uh ns] /ˈɛs pər əns/ noun, Obsolete. 1. . /ˈɛspərəns/ noun 1. (archaic) hope or expectation
[es-puh-rahn-toh, -ran-] /ˌɛs pəˈrɑn toʊ, -ˈræn-/ noun 1. an artificial language invented in 1887 by L. L. Zamenhof (1859–1917), a Polish physician and philologist, and intended for international use. It is based on word roots common to the major European languages. /ˌɛspəˈræntəʊ/ noun 1. an international artificial language based on words common to the chief […]
[ih-spahy-uh l] /ɪˈspaɪ əl/ noun 1. the act of spying. 2. the act of keeping watch; observation. /ɪˈspaɪəl/ noun (archaic) 1. the act or fact of being seen or discovered 2. the act of noticing 3. the act of spying upon; secret observation