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Adjective: specialised  'spe-shu,lIzd
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: specialized)
  1. Developed or designed for a special activity or function
    "a specialised tool";
    - specialized
Verb: specialise  'spe-shu,lIz
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: specialize)
  1. Devote oneself to a special area of work
    "She specialises in honey bees"; "This baker specialises in French bread";
    - specialize
     
  2. Be specific about
    - specify, particularize, particularise [Brit], specialize
     
  3. Suit to a special purpose
    "specialise one's research"; "this kind of beak has become specialised in certain Galapagos finches";
    - specialize
     
  4. Become more focus on an area of activity or field of study
    "She specialises in Near Eastern history";
    - specialize, narrow, narrow down
     
  5. Evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
    - speciate, differentiate, specialize

See also: differentiated, special, specialistic, specific

Type of: alter, change, dilate, elaborate, enlarge, evolve, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate [archaic], modify, vary, work

Antonym: diversify

Encyclopedia: Specialised

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