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specialize

[ spesh-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈspɛʃ əˌlaɪz /
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verb (used without object), spe·cial·ized, spe·cial·iz·ing.

to pursue some special line of study, work, etc.; have a specialty: The doctor specializes in gastroenterology.
Biology. (of an organism or one of its organs) to be adapted to a special function or environment.

verb (used with object), spe·cial·ized, spe·cial·iz·ing.

to render special or specific; invest with a special character, function, etc.
to adapt to special conditions; restrict to specific limits.
to restrict payment of (a negotiable instrument) by endorsing over to a specific payee.
to specify; particularize.

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Also especially British, spe·cial·ise .

Origin of specialize

From the French word spécialiser, dating back to 1605–15. See special, -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM specialize

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British Dictionary definitions for specialize

specialize

specialise

/ (ˈspɛʃəˌlaɪz) /

verb

(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

Derived forms of specialize

specialization or specialisation, noun
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Medical definitions for specialize

specialize
[ spĕshə-līz′ ]

v.

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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