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Definition of "specialize" []

  • To pursue a special activity, occupation, or field of study. (verb-intransitive)
  • Biology To develop so as to become adapted to a specific function or environment; undergo specialization. (verb-intransitive)
  • To concentrate on a particular activity or product: The shop specializes in mountain-climbing gear. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make specific mention of; particularize. (verb-transitive)
  • To give a particular character or function to: specialized her field of research. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "specialize" in a sentence
  • "MusicPublicityBigWig: see the major labels specialize in taking people who can sell 200,000+ on their own to selling 500,000 or 1 million"
  • "Indeed, wisdom and intelligence are virtually synonyms -- even though intelligence can "specialize" itself away from wisdom."
  • "By that I mean most law faculty "specialize" in a narrow area of the law ...."