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ˈspɛʃ əˌlaɪzspe·cial·ize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. specialize, specialise, narrow, narrow downverb

    become more focus on an area of activity or field of study

    "She specializes in Near Eastern history"

  2. specify, particularize, particularise, specialize, specialiseverb

    be specific about

    "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"

  3. specialize, specialiseverb

    suit to a special purpose

    "specialize one's research"; "this kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches"

  4. specialize, specialiseverb

    devote oneself to a special area of work

    "She specializes in honey bees"; "This baker specializes in French bread"

  5. speciate, differentiate, specialize, specialiseverb

    evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment


  1. specializeverb

    To mention specially; to particularize.

  2. specializeverb

    To apply to some specialty or limited object; to assign to a specific use; as, specialized knowledge.

  3. specializeverb

    To supply with an organ or organs having a special function or functions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Specializeverb

    to mention specially; to particularize

  2. Specializeverb

    to apply to some specialty or limited object; to assign to a specific use; as, specialized knowledge

  3. Specializeverb

    to supply with an organ or organs having a special function or functions

Editors Contribution

  1. specialize

    To focus on a specific facet.

    They did specialize on lexicography as it was the main component of the database they created.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of specialize in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of specialize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of specialize in a Sentence

  1. Paul Flores ' defense attorney:

    I don’t want to demean these volunteers, they are very helpful, they specialize in disaster, finding bodies — that’s what they’re good at and bless their hearts they’re out there helping people, but from a forensic science standpoint, you’ll hear that it’s nothing other than a clue.

  2. Dennis Dick:

    Everything else has been so bad that tech is now seen as a safe-haven, it's like we're back in 1999, where if you had a website, you were hot. Now, if you specialize in selling online, you're hot.

  3. Larry McMurtry:

    We’ve been around almost 50 years. We call ourselves the Texas auction. These are the stories and the land and objects that we specialize in, it’s a huge, huge honor.

  4. Theodore Roethke:

    What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.

  5. Christopher Doyle:

    I specialize in trauma and work with clients to resolve that trauma. People who want help. There's no electric shock or shaming.

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