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Meaning of specialize

spe•cial•ize

Pronunciation: (spesh'u-līz"), [key]
— v., -ized, -iz•ing.
—v.i.
  1. to pursue some special line of study, work, etc.; have a specialty: The doctor specializes in gastroenterology.
  2. (of an organism or one of its organs) to be adapted to a special function or environment.
—v.t.
  1. to render special or specific; invest with a special character, function, etc.
  2. to adapt to special conditions; restrict to specific limits.
  3. to restrict payment of (a negotiable instrument) by endorsing over to a specific payee.
  4. to specify; particularize.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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