specialize

verb spe·cial·ize \ ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of specialize

specialized; specializing
transitive verb
1 :to make particular mention of :particularize
2 :to apply or direct to a specific end or use
  • specialized their study
intransitive verb
1 :to concentrate one's efforts in a special activity, field, or practice
2 :to undergo specialization; especially :to change adaptively

Examples of specialize in a Sentence

  1. Some carpenters do a wide range of jobs, while others specialize.

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First Known Use of specialize

1616


SPECIALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

specialize

verb

Definition of specialize for English Language Learners

  • : to limit your business or area of study to one specific subject


SPECIALIZE Defined for Kids

specialize

verb spe·cial·ize \ ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz \

Definition of specialize for Students

specialized; specializing
1 :to limit attention or energy to one business, subject, or study
  • The factory will specialize in jet airplanes.
2 :to change and develop so as to be suited for some particular use or living conditions
  • The front legs of a mole are specialized for digging.

Medical Dictionary

specialize

intransitive verb spe·cial·ize
variants: also British specialise play \ˈspesh-ə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of specialize

specialized also British specialised; specializing also British specialising
1 :to concentrate one's efforts in a special activity or field :become or be a specialist
  • specialize in anesthesiology
2 :to undergo evolutionary specialization


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