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specialize

[ spesh-uh-lahyz ]
/ 藞sp蓻蕛 蓹藢la瑟z /
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verb (used without object), spe路cial路ized, spe路cial路iz路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路cial路ized, spe路cial路iz路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路cial路ise .

Origin of specialize

From the French word sp茅cialiser, dating back to 1605鈥15; see special, -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM specialize

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British Dictionary definitions for specialize

specialize

specialise

/ (藞sp蓻蕛蓹藢la瑟z) /

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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