specialized

adjective
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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Examples of specialized in a Sentence

specialized regions of the brain specialized gear for deep-sea fishing
Recent Examples on the Web However, today’s gig economy runs far deeper, with many jobs and services requiring specific skillsets or specialized training. Marcin Zgola, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Call centers lack uniform training for mental health calls Around two-thirds of responding call centers said their call-takers and dispatchers had not received specialized behavioral health crisis training. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 Mattera drew on years of specialized military training in combating complex adversaries. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Oct. 2021 Members receive 20-plus hours of specialized training in many different areas. courant.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Enterprise Florida President and CEO Jamal Sowell will step down as the leader of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ business-recruitment efforts this month to prepare for specialized training with the U.S. Navy Reserve. Jim Turner, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Oct. 2021 But specialized equipment could be a barrier for many people. Camille Squires, Quartz, 9 Nov. 2021 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an interview that officials are studying ways to reduce methane emissions from livestock, including changes in feed and use of specialized equipment to convert manure into electricity. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Nov. 2021 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an interview that officials are studying ways to reduce methane emissions from livestock, including changes in feed and use of specialized equipment to convert manure into electricity. Matthew Daly, ajc, 2 Nov. 2021

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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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“Specialized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specialized. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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specialized

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English Language Learners Definition of specialized

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

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