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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There are highly specialized faculty that are doing cutting edge research, that are aiming at discoveries that could materially change the complexity of our society. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Q&A: UW Regents President Drew Petersen talks college costs, workforce needs and more," 19 June 2019 In Okinawa, NCIS Special Agent Brandon McKinnon led a team that specialized in drug and theft cases. Matt Goldfarb, CBS News, "Investigation of airman's brutal murder in Japan uncovers deception, fraud and witchcraft," 19 June 2019 In reality, historical knowledge is highly specialized. Karin Wulf, Twin Cities, "Karin Wulf: What Naomi Wolf and Cokie Roberts teach us about the need for historians," 13 June 2019 These blood stem cells were rare, slow to divide and capable of both self-renewal and differentiation into any of the blood’s more specialized cell types. Quanta Magazine, "What Defines a Stem Cell? Scientists Rethink the Answer," 4 Dec. 2018 The sport didn’t require a lot of space, or much specialized equipment (unlike, say, ice hockey). Marc Bain, Quartz, "The Raptors’ win adds a new chapter in Toronto’s surprising NBA history," 14 June 2019 Twenty years later, despite being a high-risk activity that requires a high level of specialized skill, its popularity among recreational climbers has drastically increased. Yana Wengel, Quartzy, "The deaths on Mount Everest prove adventure tourism is out of control," 11 June 2019 These cells are less specialized than adult tissue cells and can be grown readily, making them valuable in research. Michelle Andrews, Scientific American, "FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Policy Impact Medical Research?," 7 June 2019 Additionally, the study revealed that while some bedbugs are specialized to specific hosts–i.e. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Surprisingly, Bed Bugs Are As Old As Dinosaurs," 16 May 2019

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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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