Specialize Spe"cial*ize, v. t. 1. To mention specially; to particularize. [1913 Webster]

2. To apply to some specialty or limited object; to assign to a specific use; as, specialized knowledge. [1913 Webster]

3. (Biol.) To supply with an organ or organs having a special function or functions. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • specialize — (v.) 1610s, to indicate specially, from SPECIAL (Cf. special) + IZE (Cf. ize). Sense of engage in a special study or line of business is first attested 1881; biological sense is from 1851. Related: Specialized; specializing …   Etymology dictionary

  • specialize — [v] concentrate on specific area be into, develop oneself in, do one’s thing*, go in for, have a weakness for*, limit oneself to, practice, practice exclusively, pursue, study intensively, train, work in; concepts 91,324 Ant. broaden …   New thesaurus

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  • specialize */ — UK [ˈspeʃəlaɪz] / US [ˈspeʃ(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [intransitive] Word forms specialize : present tense I/you/we/they specialize he/she/it specializes present participle specializing past tense specialized past participle specialized a) to be an expert in …   English dictionary

  • specialize — v. (D; intr.) to specialize in * * * [ speʃəlaɪz] (D; intr.) to specialize in …   Combinatory dictionary

  • specialize — spe|cial|ize [ speʃl,aız ] verb intransitive * to be an expert in a particular part of a subject or profession: specialize in: a lawyer who specializes in taxation a. to concentrate your attention and effort on a particular activity, product, etc …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • specialize — [[t]spe̱ʃəlaɪz[/t]] ♦♦♦ specializes, specializing, specialized VERB If you specialize in a thing, you know a lot about it and concentrate a great deal of your time and energy on it, especially in your work or when you are studying or training.… …   English dictionary

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