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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If you’re bringing any specialized skills to the job, you should be compensated at a higher rate. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "How to Become a Virtual Assistant So You Can Work From Home," 7 May 2019 For the best results, use a specialized stain and finish stripper. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Staining a Deck," 1 Apr. 2019 Many high-end spas have started offering vaginal and anal bleaching, from laser treatments to specialized peels to lighten the area. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The dangerous rise of vaginal lightening," 6 Dec. 2018 The episode marked the last for both Markle and Adams, whose characters were written out of the legal drama after accepting an offer to run a firm in Seattle that specialized in class-action lawsuits against Fortune 500 companies. Kate Stanhope, latimes.com, "Find out how Meghan Markle bid farewell to 'Suits' ahead of royal wedding," 26 Apr. 2018 If so, a team of specialized snow tractors rigged up like mechanized sled dogs will get busy hauling Halley’s futuristic research pods farther up the Brunt to less fractured ground. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Iceberg Twice the Size of Manhattan Soon to Break Free of Antarctic Shelf," 8 Apr. 2019 According to the Times, black and Latinx students make up 70% of New York’s public school students, but only about 10% are admitted to the city’s eight specialized high schools. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Critics React to the Lack of Black and Latinx Diversity at New York City's Specialized Schools," 19 Mar. 2019 This includes more specialized services such as reverse logistics and outbound product shipment. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Logistics Firm Ryder System Names New CFO as It Looks to Cut Costs, Expand Business," 27 Mar. 2019 Students at Norland College study for a three-year full-time bachelors degree (BA) Hons in Early Years Development and Learning alongside the very specialized Norland diploma. Annabelle Spranklen, Town & Country, "Here's What It Takes to Become a Nanny for the British Royal Family," 9 Mar. 2019

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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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