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specialize

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verb spe·cial·ize \ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz\

Simple Definition of specialize

  • : to limit your business or area of study to one specific subject

Full Definition of specialize

spe·cial·izedspe·cial·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make particular mention of :  particularize

  3. 2 :  to apply or direct to a specific end or use <specialized their study>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to concentrate one's efforts in a special activity, field, or practice

  6. 2 :  to undergo specialization; especially :  to change adaptively

Examples of specialize

  1. Some carpenters do a wide range of jobs, while others specialize.



1613

First Known Use of specialize

1613

Rhymes with specialize

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SPECIALIZE Defined for Kids

specialize

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verb spe·cial·ize \ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz\

Definition of specialize

spe·cial·izedspe·cial·iz·ing

  1. 1 :  to limit attention or energy to one business, subject, or study <The factory will specialize in jet airplanes.>

  2. 2 :  to change and develop so as to be suited for some particular use or living conditions <The front legs of a mole are specialized for digging.>




Medical Dictionary

specialize

intransitive verb spe·cial·ize

Medical Definition of specialize

spe·cial·ized also British spe·cial·isedspe·cial·iz·ing also British spe·cial·is·ing

  1. 1:  to concentrate one's efforts in a special activity or field :  become or be a specialist <specialize in anesthesiology>

  2. 2:  to undergo evolutionary specialization



Variants of specialize

also British spe·cial·ise \ˈspesh-ə-ˌlīz\play


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