spe·cial·ized | \ˈspe-shə-ˌlīzd \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for specialized




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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This program provides specialized equipment and services to residents who have an active phone line but have difficulty hearing. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County Community News, June 15," 15 June 2018 But the rise of massive mining conglomerates that deploy specialized computer equipment has seen a growing centralization of mining in recent years. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Bitcoin Spinoff Hacked in Rare '51% Attack'," 29 May 2018 Before Najim’s donation, the hospital had to depend on outside companies with standard ambulances, which then had to be loaded with the specialized equipment, taking up precious time. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Major donation means less wait times for critically ill children," 24 May 2018 If there is any doubt, specialized equipment can then be used to measure activity and blood flow in the brain, according to pediatric guidelines that were updated in 2011. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "At CHOP, two boys were diagnosed with brain death. Here's what that means," 24 May 2018 State-of-the art rehab gyms filled with specialized equipment can help move you quickly to your highest level of functioning and independence. chicagotribune.com, "How observation and inpatient hospital status affects Medicare coverage," 1 Apr. 2018 But in decades past, the process was somewhat cumbersome, involving an initial triangulation from cell phone towers followed by further localization with specialized equipment. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Austin bomb saga shows law enforcement's deep new reach," 21 Mar. 2018 Intravaginal electrical stimulation with specialized equipment can help some women with pelvic floor issues, but this is not that device. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "Will This “Kegel Throne” Help Your Vagina? Ob-Gyns Answer," 14 Mar. 2018 The amount of fuel leaking warranted a Level II hazardous material response, which involved firefighters trained in haz-mat situations and specialized equipment, officials said in the news release. Hannah Leone, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora crash causes diesel fuel leak into Fox River," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of specialized

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of specialized

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

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