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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 focused 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

Derived forms: specialised, specialising, specialises

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

Antonym: diversify

Encyclopedia: Specialise