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3 definitions found
 for specialize
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Specialize \Spe"cial*ize\, v. t.
     1. To mention specially; to particularize.
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     2. To apply to some specialty or limited object; to assign to
        a specific use; as, specialized knowledge.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Biol.) To supply with an organ or organs having a special
        function or functions.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  specialize
      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:
         generalise, generalize]
      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:
         specialize, specialise]
      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]

From 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
  
  

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