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

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, unspecialized

Encyclopedia: Specialized

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