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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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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In some cases, the cars must be so specialized for the task in hand that any lessons learned aren’t transferable. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From efficiency to airflow, it’s a golden age for racing tech in our driveways," 23 Nov. 2018 Baseball has become more specialized in every aspect. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality," 14 July 2018 My job is very specialized and would be difficult to maintain in his location. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Dad may have to choose between wife and child," 11 July 2018 My job is very specialized and would be difficult to maintain in his location. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Long distance may force a choice: Partner or child," 11 July 2018 Recently, 350 officers who were in desk assignments or specialized units were assigned to patrol to address complaints from residents and City Council members that response times in some parts of the city were too slow. Cindy Chang, latimes.com, "LAPD veteran Michel Moore promises 'compassion and partnership' while sworn in as police chief," 29 June 2018 Florida Hospital has a new specialized cardiac unit that allows the organization to care for up to 1,000 more people each year. Staff Report, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida Hospital has a new cardiac unit," 25 June 2018 The Mobile Strike Force, a roving specialized unit working in high-crime districts, was formed by then-Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis after a series of scandals rocked the Special Operations Section. Steve Schmadeke, chicagotribune.com, "Jury awards $1.2 million to man shot in back by Chicago police during traffic stop," 16 Mar. 2018 After graduating from a specialized unit in boot camp, recruits undergo a nine-week preparatory course that exposes them to the rigors of their career fields, everything from underwater swimming and mask and snorkel recovery to 5-mile runs. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "AF recruiting squadron to seek — and keep — toughest airmen," 30 June 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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