specialize

[spesh-uh-lahyz]
verb (used without object), specialized, specializing.
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), specialized, specializing.
3.
to render special or specific; invest with a special character, function, etc.
4.
to adapt to special conditions; restrict to specific limits.
5.
to restrict payment of (a negotiable instrument) by endorsing over to a specific payee.
6.
to specify; particularize.
Also, especially British, specialise.


Origin:
1605–15; < French spécialiser. See special, -ize

specialization, noun
nonspecialized, adjective
nonspecializing, adjective
overspecialize, verb, overspecialized, overspecializing.
prespecialize, verb (used without object), prespecialized, prespecializing.
subspecialize, verb, subspecialized, subspecializing.
superspecialize, verb (used without object), superspecialized, superspecializing.
unspecialized, adjective
unspecializing, adjective
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specialize or specialise (ˈspɛʃəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
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
 
specialise or specialise
 
vb
 
speciali'zation or specialise
 
n
 
speciali'sation or specialise
 
n

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specialize
1616, "to indicate specially," from special (q.v.). Sense of "engage in a special study or line of business" is first attested 1881; biological sense is from 1851. Specialzation is recorded from 1843. Specialist is first attested 1856 (originally in the medical sense).
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specialize spe·cial·ize (spěsh'ə-līz')
v. spe·cial·ized, spe·cial·iz·ing, spe·cial·iz·es

  1. To limit one's profession to a particular specialty or subject area for study, research, or treatment.

  2. To adapt to a particular function or environment.

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Example sentences
First, certain brain structures-the hippocampus and the amygdala, the brain's emotion center-specialize in remembering.
There are groups that one can contact, that specialize in the sale of these
  animals.
It's obvious that different brain areas specialize for certain tasks.
If you ask, you will find that mathematicians specialize in one or two
  particular areas.
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