Also especially British, spe·cial·ise.
Origin of specialize
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Examples from the Web for specialises
The news was broken by a print magazine called Closer which specialises in paparazzi scoops.Marriage, the French Way
February 12, 2014
On the one hand the motor impulse specialises itself into drawing; on the other hand it specialises itself into speech.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
For the novelist who specialises on temperamental delineation, it has wide possibilities.The Lure of the Pen
Since then Dr. Decroly, who specialises on defective children in Belgium, has tried our methods, and verified our conclusions.Mentally Defective Children
- (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 specialises
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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