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specialized Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb become more focus on an area of activity or field of study
    specialise; narrow down; specialize; narrow.
    • She specializes in Near Eastern history
  2. verb be specific about
    particularize; specialise; particularise; specify; specialize.
    • Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?
  3. verb suit to a special purpose
    specialise; specialize.
    • specialize one's research
    • this kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches
  4. verb devote oneself to a special area of work
    specialise; specialize.
    • She specializes in honey bees
    • This baker specializes in French bread
  5. verb evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
    specialise; specialize; differentiate; speciate.
  6. adjective developed or designed for a special activity or function
    • a specialized tool