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specialize

[spesh-uh-lahyz] /ˈspɛʃ əˌlaɪz/
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
1605-1615
1605-15; < French spécialiser. See special, -ize
Related forms
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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  • Even the best academic minds are often poor at forecasting specific demand, yet technical training is often highly specialized.
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  • In some cases, the employer actually needs someone with the specialized knowledge and skills gained in college.
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  • When you learn a foreign language you often learn specialized sub-vocabularies.
  • Ian now qualified for a school that specialized in high functioning autistic kids.
  • Cryptology is a specialized branch of mathematics with some computer science thrown in.
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British Dictionary definitions for specialized

specialize

/ˈspɛʃəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) 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.
(transitive) to modify or make suitable for a special use or purpose
4.
(transitive) to mention specifically; specify
5.
(transitive) to endorse (a commercial paper) to a specific payee
Derived Forms
specialization, specialisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for specialized

specialize

v.

1610s, "to indicate specially," from special + -ize. Sense of "engage in a special study or line of business" is first attested 1881; biological sense is from 1851. Related: Specialized; specializing.

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specialized in Medicine

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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