verb (used without object), specialized, specializing.
to pursue some special line of study, work, etc.; have a specialty:
The doctor specializes in gastroenterology.
Biology. (of an organism or one of its organs) to be adapted to a special function or environment.
verb (used with object), specialized, specializing.
to render special or specific; invest with a special character, function, etc.
to adapt to special conditions; restrict to specific limits.
to restrict payment of (a negotiable instrument) by endorsing over to a specific payee.
to specify; particularize.
(intransitive) to train in or devote oneself to a particular area of study, occupation, or activity
(usually passive) to cause (organisms or their parts) to develop in a way most suited to a particular environment or way of life or (of organisms, etc) to develop in this way
(transitive) to modify or make suitable for a special use or purpose
(transitive) to mention specifically; specify
(transitive) to endorse (a commercial paper) to a specific payee
specialize spe·cial·ize (spěsh’ə-līz’)
v. spe·cial·ized, spe·cial·iz·ing, spe·cial·iz·es
To limit one’s profession to a particular specialty or subject area for study, research, or treatment.
To adapt to a particular function or environment.
noun 1. devotion or restriction to a particular pursuit, branch of study, etc. noun 1. the act or process of specializing in something, or the thing itself
noun 1. a person who devotes himself or herself to one subject or to one particular branch of a subject or pursuit. 2. a medical practitioner who devotes attention to a particular class of diseases, patients, etc. 3. U.S. Army. an enlisted person of one of four grades having technical or administrative duties, the grades […]
[spesh-uh-lis-tik] /ˌspɛʃ əˈlɪs tɪk/ adjective 1. pertaining to or characteristic of specialists or specialism.
- Specialist registrar
noun 1. a hospital doctor senior to a house officer but junior to a consultant, specializing in medicine (medical specialist registrar), surgery (surgical specialist registrar), or some subspeciality of either