spe·​cial·​ized ˈspe-shə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce specialized (audio)
: characterized by or exhibiting biological specialization
especially : highly differentiated especially in a particular direction or for a particular end
: designed, trained, or fitted for one particular purpose or occupation
specialized personnel

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

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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“Specialized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specialized. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


: characterized by or exhibiting biological specialization
: designed, trained, or fitted for one particular purpose or occupation

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