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specialize

[spesh-uh-lahyz] /ˈspɛʃ əˌlaɪz/
verb (used without object), specialized, specializing.
1.
to pursue some special line of study, work, etc.; have a specialty:
The doctor specializes in gastroenterology.
2.
Biology. (of an organism or one of its organs) to be adapted to a special function or environment.
verb (used with object), specialized, specializing.
3.
to render special or specific; invest with a special character, function, etc.
4.
to adapt to special conditions; restrict to specific limits.
5.
to restrict payment of (a negotiable instrument) by endorsing over to a specific payee.
6.
to specify; particularize.
Also, especially British, specialise.
Origin of specialize
1605-1615
1605-15; < French spécialiser. See special, -ize
Related forms
specialization, noun
nonspecialized, adjective
nonspecializing, adjective
overspecialize, verb, overspecialized, overspecializing.
prespecialize, verb (used without object), prespecialized, prespecializing.
subspecialize, verb, subspecialized, subspecializing.
superspecialize, verb (used without object), superspecialized, superspecializing.
unspecialized, adjective
unspecializing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for specialised
Historical Examples
  • His general collection became so large that he parted with it in 1877, and then specialised in Australians.

    Stamp Collecting as a Pastime Edward J. Nankivell
  • But a heavy price has to be paid for the growth of these specialised faculties.

  • But he specialised as a lama, for in that character he would meet with the least interference in the priest-ridden country.

    The Jungle Girl Gordon Casserly
  • These specialised handicrafts are divisible into two branches.

  • Least of all does it study the specialised functions of army aircraft.

  • Life has become, perhaps, too specialised for such multifarious activities.

    Alfred Tennyson Andrew Lang
  • It regularly gave us a most appalling list of German victories and it specialised in abuse of the English.

  • She's a specialised woman, specialising in womanhood, her sphere is the home.

  • The ladies who specialised in feminine arts and graces and mysteries were also dissatisfied.

    What is Coming? H. G. Wells
  • Tennis was about the only thing we specialised in when I was here.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for specialised

specialize

/ˈspɛʃəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to train in or devote oneself to a particular area of study, occupation, or activity
2.
(usually passive) to cause (organisms or their parts) to develop in a way most suited to a particular environment or way of life or (of organisms, etc) to develop in this way
3.
(transitive) to modify or make suitable for a special use or purpose
4.
(transitive) to mention specifically; specify
5.
(transitive) to endorse (a commercial paper) to a specific payee
Derived Forms
specialization, specialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for specialised

specialize

v.

1610s, "to indicate specially," from special + -ize. Sense of "engage in a special study or line of business" is first attested 1881; biological sense is from 1851. Related: Specialized; specializing.

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specialised in Medicine

specialize spe·cial·ize (spěsh'ə-līz')
v. spe·cial·ized, spe·cial·iz·ing, spe·cial·iz·es

  1. To limit one's profession to a particular specialty or subject area for study, research, or treatment.

  2. To adapt to a particular function or environment.

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