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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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 And while house managers frequently come from a hospitality background—often having worked as the chief of staff at a high-end hotel or resort—butlers are trained at a specialized and credited butler academy. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "What's the Difference Between a Butler and a House Manager, Anyway?," 31 July 2018 Shooters—even those with hyper-specialized games—become more valuable across all positions. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The LeBron James Experiment: Considering NBA Free Agency Scenarios for The King," 27 June 2018 With a product this specialized, of course, there are a few caveats. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Meet the Anti-Scrunchie," 13 June 2018 Both players make the Dolphins more athletic, and both figure to fit in nicely in today’s NFL, which features highly-specialized players catching passes and defend pass-catching players such as tight ends, wide receivers and running backs. Chris Perkins, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Miami Dolphins select tight end Durham Smythe with first pick on final day of NFL draft," 28 Apr. 2018 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

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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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