Also especially British, spe·cial·ise.
Origin of specialize
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Examples from the Web for specialise
Would it not be preferable that workers in the field of history should specialise?Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
They specialise in that brand of junk, and they're in the popular market at the moment, too.The Sins of Sverac Bablon
I think it is certain that the way to get most enjoyment from books is to specialise a little.The Private Library
Arthur L. Humphreys
But the art of the founder-engraver was destined to specialise itself.The Printed Book
There are officers who specialise in this perilous and wonderful business.Canada in Flanders, Volume I (of 3)
Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
- (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 specialise
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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