Definition of specialize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɛʃ(ə)lʌɪz/
(also specialise)


[no object]
1Concentrate on and become expert in a particular subject or skill: he could specialize in tropical medicine
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  • You can specialize in computer skills.
  • Men frequently specialize in agriculture-related subjects.
  • The other team members have a number of skills they specialize in.
1.1Confine oneself to providing a particular product or service: the firm specialized in commercial brochures
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  • There is an online service that specialized in printing and designing birth announcements.
  • It is expected that after an investment boost it will become specialized in TV production.
  • It was an old established facility that specialized in caring for Servicemen.
1.2Make a habit of engaging in a particular activity: a group of writers have specialized in attacking the society they live in
1.3 [with object] Biology Adapt or set apart (an organ or part) to serve a special function or to suit a particular way of life: zooids specialized for different functions
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  • Fender's blue larvae have specialized glands that produce secretions rich in carbohydrates and amino acids that ants use as food.
  • Both people and papayas have specialized chromosomes that carry genes that determine the gender of their offspring.


Early 17th century: from French spécialiser, from spécial 'special'.

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