Also especially British, spe·cial·ise.
Origin of specialize
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Examples from the Web for specialised
But a heavy price has to be paid for the growth of these specialised faculties.What Is and What Might Be
His wife had died, and he, who had loved her, had specialised on women's ailments.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
But this is not the case with the fixed and specialised adaptation of instinct.
In England the rosary makers do not seem to have been so specialised.Jewellery
H. Clifford Smith,
British M.P. who has specialised in endeavouring to advance aviation.
- (intr) to train in or devote oneself to a particular area of study, occupation, or activity
- (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
- (tr) to modify or make suitable for a special use or purpose
- (tr) to mention specifically; specify
- (tr) to endorse (a commercial paper) to a specific payee
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Word Origin and History for specialised
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To limit one's profession to a particular specialty or subject area for study, research, or treatment.
- To adapt to a particular function or environment.
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