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specialize

verb spe·cial·ize \ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz\

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

spe·cial·izedspe·cial·iz·ing

Full Definition of SPECIALIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to make particular mention of :  particularize
2
:  to apply or direct to a specific end or use <specialized their study>
intransitive verb
1
:  to concentrate one's efforts in a special activity, field, or practice
2
:  to undergo specialization; especially :  to change adaptively
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Examples of SPECIALIZE

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

First Known Use of SPECIALIZE

1613

Rhymes with SPECIALIZE

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SPECIALIZING Defined for Kids

specialize

verb spe·cial·ize \ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz\
spe·cial·izedspe·cial·iz·ing

Definition of SPECIALIZE for Kids

1
:  to limit attention or energy to one business, subject, or study <The factory will specialize in jet airplanes.>
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
spe·cial·ized also British spe·cial·isedspe·cial·iz·ing also British spe·cial·is·ing

Medical Definition of SPECIALIZE

1
:  to concentrate one's efforts in a special activity or field :  become or be a specialist <specialize in anesthesiology>
2
:  to undergo evolutionary specialization

Variants of SPECIALIZE

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

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