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specialize (v.)

1610s, "to indicate specially," from special (adj.) + -ize, perhaps on model of French spécialiser. Sense of "engage in a special study or line of business" is first attested 1881; biological sense is from 1851. Related: Specialized; specializing.

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Definitions of specialize

specialize (v.)
become more focused on an area of activity or field of study;
She specializes in Near Eastern history
Synonyms: specialise / narrow / narrow down
specialize (v.)
be specific about;
Synonyms: specify / particularize / particularise / specialise
specialize (v.)
suit to a special purpose;
this kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches
specialize one's research
Synonyms: specialise
specialize (v.)
devote oneself to a special area of work;
She specializes in honey bees
This baker specializes in French bread
Synonyms: specialise
specialize (v.)
evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment;
Synonyms: speciate / differentiate / specialise
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