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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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 The previous speed record-holder—at least for ants—is the trap-jaw ant, which uses a combination of highly specialized muscles to prime its jaw before using a different set to snap it shut at speeds around 50 miles per hour. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Dracula Ant's Lightning Mandibles Make It the Fastest Animal in the World," 12 Dec. 2018 Some of the more specialized recordings are, say, in sanctuaries in Senegal, but there are also sounds from urban areas that people have snatched on their iPhones. Angela Chen, The Verge, "This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans," 9 Dec. 2018 People convicted at trial will often bring in a separate appeals lawyer to draft the sort of highly specialized legal briefs that could get the verdict overturned. Graham Bowley, The Seattle Times, "Bill Cosby, appealing conviction, hires 12th firm and 20th lawyer," 22 Oct. 2018 The more specialized Saturday market features antiques and collectibles from professional dealers, including a sprinkling from Philly’s famous Antiques Row along Pine Street. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, House Beautiful, "5 Flea Markets to Hit Around Philly for the Coolest Furniture," 21 Aug. 2018 Increased tariffs on specialized products could force factories to spend more on those items, thereby costing American jobs in the future. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s China strategy is the most radical in decades — and it’s failing," 18 Sep. 2018 One major hurdle to bringing specialized products for the blind to market is the size and disposable income of the target audience. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "AI Tools Help the Blind Tackle Everyday Tasks," 28 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of specialized

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

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