[syn: speciate, differentiate, specialize, specialise]
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Specialize \Spe"cial*ize\, v. t.
1. To mention specially; to particularize.
2. To apply to some specialty or limited object; to assign to
a specific use; as, specialized knowledge.
3. (Biol.) To supply with an organ or organs having a special
function or functions.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: become more focus on an area of activity or field of study;
"She specializes in Near Eastern history" [syn:
specialize, specialise, narrow, narrow down] [ant:
branch out, broaden, diversify]
2: be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism
of my paper?" [syn: specify, particularize,
particularise, specialize, specialise] [ant:
3: suit to a special purpose; "specialize one's research"; "this
kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos
finches" [syn: specialize, specialise]
4: devote oneself to a special area of work; "She specializes in
honey bees"; "This baker specializes in French bread" [syn:
5: evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way
most suited to the environment [syn: speciate,
differentiate, specialize, specialise]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
86 Moby Thesaurus words for "specialize":
analyze, anatomize, assign, atomize, be into, be strong in, bound,
change, chop logic, condition, confine, contain, copyright,
denominate, descend to particulars, designate, desynonymize,
detail, determine, difference, differentiate, discipline,
discriminate, disequalize, disjoin, distinguish, diversify, divide,
draw the line, enumerate, feature, fix, follow, go in for,
hedge about, indicate, individualize, individuate, inventory,
itemize, limit, list, major in, make a distinction, mark, mark off,
mark out, mention, minor in, moderate, modify, name, narrow,
particularize, patent, peculiarize, personalize, pick out,
pin down, point out, precise, pursue, qualify,
refine a distinction, register, restrain, restrict, scant,
segregate, select, separate, set, set apart, set off, sever,
severalize, signify, specialize in, specify, spell out,
split hairs, state, stint, stipulate, straiten, vary