HyperDic: specialize

English > 5 senses of the word specialize:
VERBchangespecialize, specialise, narrow, narrow downbecome more focus on an area of activity or field of study
communicationspecialize, specify, particularize, particularise, specialisebe specific about
changespecialize, specialisesuit to a special purpose
socialspecialize, specialisedevote oneself to a special area of work
changespecialize, speciate, differentiate, specialiseevolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
specialize > pronunciation
Soundsspeh'shahlay.z
Rhymesactualize ... womanize: 266 rhymes with ayz...
English > specialize: 5 senses > verb 1, change
MeaningBecome more focus on an area of activity or field of study.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s; Something is ----ing PP; Somebody ----s PP
Example"She specializes in Near Eastern history"
Synonymsspecialise, narrow, narrow down
Narroweroverspecialize, overspecialiseBecome overly specialized
Broaderchange, alter, varyBecome different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics / characteristics or essence
Oppositediversify, branch out, broadenVary in order to spread risk or to expand
Spanishespecializarse
Catalanespecialitzar-se
English > specialize: 5 senses > verb 2, communication
MeaningBe specific about.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Synonymsspecify, particularize, particularise, specialise
Narrowerspell outmake explicit
Broaderelaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilateadd details, as to an account or idea
Oppositegeneralize, generalisespeak or write in generalities / generalities
Spanishespecificar, particularizar
Catalanespecificar
English > specialize: 5 senses > verb 3, change
Meaningsuit to a special purpose.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Examples
  • "specialize one's research"
  • "this kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches"
Synonymspecialise
Broadermodifymake less severe or harsh or extreme / extreme
Spanishespecializar
Catalanespecialitzar
Nounsspecializationthe act of specializing
English > specialize: 5 senses > verb 4, social
Meaningdevote oneself to a special area of work.
PatternSomebody ----s PP
Examples
  • "She specializes in honey bees"
  • "This baker specializes in French bread"
Synonymspecialise
BroaderworkExert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
Nounsspecialist, specializeran expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning
specialistpractices one branch of medicine
specializationthe special line of work you have adopted as your career
English > specialize: 5 senses > verb 5, change
Meaningevolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Synonymsspeciate, differentiate, specialise
BroaderevolveUndergo development or evolution / evolution
Spanishdiferenciarse, especializarse
Nounsspecialization(biology) the structural / structural adaptation of some body part for a particular function

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