spe·​cial·​ized | \ ˈspe-shə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce specialized (audio) \

Definition of specialized

1 : characterized by or exhibiting biological specialization especially : highly differentiated especially in a particular direction or for a particular end
2 : designed, trained, or fitted for one particular purpose or occupation specialized personnel

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general, nontechnical, untechnical

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Examples of specialized in a Sentence

specialized regions of the brain specialized gear for deep-sea fishing

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Yale University in New Haven, $99,355, to develop and refine a system to carry out photogrammetric 3D reconstruction quickly, inexpensively and without the need for specialized equipment. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Six Connecticut cultural projects receive nearly half-million dollars from National Endowment for the Humanities," 15 Aug. 2019 The base’s total repair and replacement cost of $5.2 billion includes buildings as well as furniture, tools, communications and other specialized equipment. Washington Post, "Quake damage estimate tops $5B at California Navy base," 14 Aug. 2019 Replacing buildings alone would cost $2.2 billion, but officials also must replace or repair specialized equipment, furniture, machine tools, telecommunication assets and other facilities, the document shows. Los Angeles Times, "Ridgecrest earthquakes caused up to $5 billion in damage to China Lake naval base," 14 Aug. 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the Chicago Fire Department and the city’s Department of Aviation over allegations of unqualified firefighters staffing specialized fire equipment used at O’Hare and Midway airports. Peter Nickeas, chicagotribune.com, "FAA investigating whether ‘unqualified’ Chicago firefighters were allowed to operate special airport rigs at O’Hare, Midway," 8 Aug. 2019 Several groups in China also report problems getting specialized experimental equipment from the United States because of export controls. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "China’s scientists alarmed, bewildered by growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the United States," 31 July 2019 CarMax prides itself on an inclusive work environment and provides specialized equipment for hearing and visually impaired associates. Diane Herbst, PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE's 50 Companies That Care: See Our 2019 List of Employers Who Win by Giving Back," 24 July 2019 The responsibility falls largely on the shoulders of T-cells, white blood cells with specialized receptors embedded in their surface that allow them to bind uniquely to diverse peptide fragments. Quanta Magazine, "Immune Cells Measure Time to Identify Foreign Proteins," 3 June 2019 The insulin binds to specialized receptors, found on the surfaces of muscle, fat, and liver cells, telling them to absorb glucose from the blood. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Blind cavefish seem to ignore insulin without health consequences," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of specialized

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of specialized was in 1852

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English Language Learners Definition of specialized

: made or used for one particular purpose, job, place, etc.

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