Also especially British, spe·cial·ise.
Origin of specialize
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Examples from the Web for specialising
She's a specialised woman, specialising in womanhood, her sphere is the home.Mr. Britling Sees It Through
H. G. Wells
A young man was brought to see me who was specialising in musk melons.The Foundations of Japan
J.W. Robertson Scott
Now he was specialising in foreign literature, and was said to be writing a thesis.The Darling and Other Stories
But after him the names and the duties were specialised, though the specialising was incomplete.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I
George Adam Smith
The remarkable case of the Todas specialising in cattle rearing and dairy farming is another example.Folklore as an Historical Science
George Laurence Gomme
- (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 specialising
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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