Also especially British, spe·cial·ise.
Origin of specialize
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Examples from the Web for specialized
Diagnosis of CTE is often considered to be specialized and has to occur at a designated institution like Boston University.Will the NCAA Let Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge Die in Vain?
December 1, 2014
We saw the emergence of fashion designers who specialized in creating abayas.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
But putting the specialized troops the Pentagon calls “Joint Terminal Air Controllers,” or JTACs, into combat comes with a cost.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS
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Percy Heath, a merry fellow, specialized in leading the Reverend Professor Doctor astray and had a lot of fun with him.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
I find faculty learning about their specific, specialized research areas, but also about the wider society and natural world.The Elite American College Pile-On
Michael S. Roth
September 15, 2014
When some women were specialized for motherhood then there were surplus women.
He does not seem to appreciate how specialized they are for pleasure.
There are other specialized products to which it could be well extended.Herbert Hoover
Plumules: specialized scales of the androconia of male Lepidoptera.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Individuals have specialized at the expense of a whole life.The Psychology of Nations
- (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 specialized
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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