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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 As the Times notes, the idea of a specialized regulator for certain sectors or companies is hardly unprecedented. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Is it time for a new agency to oversee Big Tech? Many say yes," 23 Oct. 2020 Techs use a specialized program that analyzes connection issues. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 common tech problems gone with these easy solutions," 22 Oct. 2020 Police found Luebke outside the church with the holstered gun and his cellphone camera on a specialized recording mount, according to the statement. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, "A cautionary tale: Goodyear man gets probation, fines for recording at polling place," 22 Oct. 2020 Akron Public Schools offered Lyra Thomas, a student with Down’s Syndrome, specialized therapy, support in the classroom and a social network. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Akron family starts outdoor classroom for students with disabilities," 21 Oct. 2020 While some students in specialized programs will continue to attend in-person programs, hybrid classes won’t start until Nov. 4. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 20 Oct. 2020 These efforts can be expanded to focus on children by creating specialized spaces for child-friendly games. Katelyn Esmonde, CBS News, "Distance learning means kids are missing out on exercise," 20 Oct. 2020 But there are also real problems with the specialized entry permits known as H-1B visas. Star Tribune, "Trump administration is demonizing foreign workers — again," 19 Oct. 2020 For many clam species, specialized rakes or shovels are used during low tides in beach areas of sand, gravel, and mud. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

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“Specialized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specialized. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of specialized

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

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