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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From the National Institutes of Health to Veterans Affairs and the Agriculture Department, government agencies are deploying their own specialized skills. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019 The scent, in its specialized packaging, will be available while supplies last, and both candle options will go for $29.50. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yankee Candle's First-Ever Scent Of The Year Is Here, And It’s So Refreshing," 16 Jan. 2019 While these are specialized tasks, no other tool can perform them as well as a serrated knife. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bread Knives, According to Kitchen Cutlery Experts," 15 Jan. 2019 That is because those industries generally don’t required hard-to-find specialized skills, Mr. Davis said. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Job Openings Outnumbered Unemployed Americans by More Than One Million in September," 6 Nov. 2018 Although improvements in motor oils, low-friction coatings, and lightweight parts have lessened the maintenance requirements, working on a desmo is still a specialized skill. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "This Breakthrough Digital Valvetrain Is Brain Surgery for Car Engines," 6 Nov. 2018 Many of the jobs lost to automation and trade relied on very specialized skills that could not be easily transferred to another job. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: Finally, a government answer to job losses caused by automation," 8 July 2018 Grant-writing requires specialized skills and knowledge about how to navigate a system. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Educators seek to continue early-childhood services despite funding cut," 27 June 2018 That could entail those without an MBA, less experienced candidates more generally, or else candidates with specialized or industry skills and off-campus experience. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "That MBA Doesn't Guarantee You a Dream Job Like It Used To," 26 June 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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