invested with a special character or restricted to a special function or field of activity: He campaigned for a specialized burn department to be established at the hospital.The humanities, once a highly specialized pursuit, have rapidly become a much broader conversation.
Biology. (of an organism or organ) adapted to a special function or environment:If the coastal sage scrub were to vanish, so would these specialized species of insects that are dependent on it.
the simple past tense and past participle of specialize.
- Also especially British, spe·cial·ised .
- non·spe·cial·ized; especially British, non·spe·cial·ised, adjective
- o·ver·spe·cial·ized; especially British, o·ver·spe·cial·ised, adjective
- un·spe·cial·ized; especially British, un·spe·cial·ised, adjective
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How to use specialized in a sentence
Each nation had, he thought, some distinct and specialised service to render to humanity.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
We shall become specialised people—people overshadowed by a situation.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
Briefly stated, the doctrine is this: It is untrue that certain nations are specialised either for industry or for agriculture.Comrade Kropotkin | Victor Robinson
He found that though in the brome-grasses the rust peculiar to them is specifically identical its forms are highly specialised.
All these lines of utility are better served by a larger number of more highly specialised servants.The Theory of the Leisure Class | Thorstein Veblen