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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To mention specially; to particularize.
  • v. To apply to some specialty or limited object; to assign to a specific use; as, specialized knowledge.
  • v. To supply with an organ or organs having a special function or functions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To mention specially; to particularize.
  • transitive v. To apply to some specialty or limited object; to assign to a specific use.
  • transitive v. To supply with an organ or organs having a special function or functions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make individually or generically special or distinct; make specifically distinct; differentiate from other kinds in form, adaptation, or characteristics, as by a process of physical development; limit to a particular kind of development, action, or use. See specialization, 3.
  • To mention specially or in detail; particularize; specify.
  • To act in some special way; pursue a special course or direction; take a specific turn or bent.
  • Also spelled specialise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. suit to a special purpose
  • v. become more focus on an area of activity or field of study
  • v. be specific about
  • v. devote oneself to a special area of work
  • v. evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment

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