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, Law. 1. struck jury. 2. blue-ribbon jury. special jury noun 1. (formerly) a jury whose members were drawn from some profession or rank of society as well as possessing the usual qualifications for jury service
- Special k
noun 1. (slang) an animal anaesthetic, ketamine hydrochloride, sold illegally as a hallucinogenic drug spec
noun 1. a library maintained by an organization, as a business, association, or government agency, to collect materials and provide information of special relevance to the work of the organization.
- Special licence
noun 1. (Brit) a licence permitting a marriage to take place by dispensing with the usual legal conditions