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[ spesh-uh-lahyz ]

verb (used without object)

, spe·cial·ized, spe·cial·iz·ing.
  1. to pursue some special line of study, work, etc.; have a specialty:

    The doctor specializes in gastroenterology.

  2. 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.
  1. to render special or specific; invest with a special character, function, etc.
  2. to adapt to special conditions; restrict to specific limits.
  3. to restrict payment of (a negotiable instrument) by endorsing over to a specific payee.
  4. to specify; particularize.


/ ˈspɛʃəˌlaɪz /


  1. intr to train in or devote oneself to a particular area of study, occupation, or activity
  2. 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
  3. tr to modify or make suitable for a special use or purpose
  4. tr to mention specifically; specify
  5. tr to endorse (a commercial paper) to a specific payee

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Derived Forms

  • ˌspecialiˈzation, noun

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Other Words From

  • spe·cial·i·za·tion [spesh-, uh, -lahy-, zey, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • non·spe·cial·iz·ing adjective
  • o·ver·spe·cial·ize verb overspecialized overspecializing
  • pre·spe·cial·ize verb (used without object) prespecialized prespecializing
  • sub·spe·cial·ize verb subspecialized subspecializing
  • su·per·spe·cial·ize verb (used without object) superspecialized superspecializing
  • un·spe·cial·iz·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of specialize1

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

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Example Sentences

Best mechanical keyboard brands to knowAt this point, there are nearly as many companies making mechanical keyboards as there are companies specializing in computer products.

Check It operates a clothing manufacturing and sales business specializing in T-shirts and other apparel.

You may decide to work with a therapist or parent coach who specializes in your son’s neurological disorder, and this can facilitate clearer and kinder communication.

Jafarian said the dogs, which are being provided by a company that has specialized in training canine units for jobs such as detecting explosive devices and prohibited agricultural products at airports, need no more than 10 seconds to check a person.

LanzaTech is spinning off businesses that specialize in a different product.

He hopes to attend Columbia Medical School and specialize in Oncology.

And some specialize in treating women, who have different risk factors for excess drinking.

The lawyers of ArchCity Defenders specialize in representing the indigent and the homeless.

But for lawyers who specialize in national security law this distinction matters a great deal.

Today, a handful of quick-eats joints in and around Newark specialize in the signature sandwich.

Whatever branch of the law you specialize upon, you must leave Rosewater and come to San Francisco.

"You can't specialize in everything, life is too short," answered Mr. Hazeltine, laughing.

The duty of a being is to persevere in its being and even to augment the characteristics which specialize it.

But the temptation to specialize the work is greater, and should be carefully guarded against.

In the woods, mink catch mice, frogs and eat eggs of water fowl, but they specialize on small fish.


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