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
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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 ....
And I'm sure there are internists out there that "specialize" in outpatient care.
You know, Democrats kind of specialize in tough primaries.
NUTTER: That's why they call them primaries and the Democratic Party, we kind of specialize in that.
They have contacted realtors who kind of specialize in that right now.
Did you kind of specialize in this because of your son?
They are really meteorologists that kind of specialize in forensic work after the storm goes through.
Many small shops "specialize" in a single brand, and offer it as a feature, claiming they are "experts" with this brand.