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specialist

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noun spe·cial·ist \ˈspe-sh(ə-)list\

Simple Definition of specialist

  • : a person who has special knowledge and skill relating to a particular job, area of study, etc.

  • : a doctor who deals with health problems that relate to a specific area of medicine

  • : a rank in the U.S. Army that is above the rank of private and below the rank of corporal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of specialist

  1. 1 :  one who specializes in a particular occupation, practice, or branch of learning

  2. 2 :  an enlisted rank in the United States Army corresponding to the grade of corporal; also :  any of several former enlisted ranks corresponding to the grades of sergeant through sergeant major

  3. 3 :  an organism (as a bird) specialized especially in food or habitat

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play \ˌspe-shə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

Examples of specialist in a sentence

  1. She consulted a marketing specialist when she decided to go into business.

  2. He saw a specialist for his foot problem.



1855

First Known Use of specialist

1855



SPECIALIST Defined for Kids

specialist

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noun spe·cial·ist \ˈspe-shə-list\

Definition of specialist for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who studies or works at a special occupation or branch of learning <a specialist in animal behavior> <an eye specialist>

  2. 2 :  an enlisted person in the army with a rank similar to that of corporal




Medical Dictionary

specialist

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noun spe·cial·ist \ˈspesh-(ə-)ləst\

Medical Definition of specialist

  1. :  a medical practitioner whose practice is limited to a particular class of patients (as children) or of diseases (as skin diseases) or of technique (as surgery); especially :  a physician who is qualified by advanced training and certification by a specialty examining board to so limit his or her practice





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