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Devote oneself to a special area of work.  Synonym: specialize.  "This baker specializes in French bread"
Be specific about.  Synonyms: particularise, particularize, specialize, specify.
Suit to a special purpose.  Synonym: specialize.  "This kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches"
Become more focus on an area of activity or field of study.  Synonyms: narrow, narrow down, specialize.
Evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment.  Synonyms: differentiate, specialize, speciate.

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"Specialise" Quotes from Famous Books

... been, on the whole, satisfied with himself. He was brilliant at work, and would certainly get a scholarship at Oxford or Cambridge when the time came; and he had specialised in work to the exclusion of games. It is bad to specialise in games to the exclusion of work, but of the two courses the latter is probably the less injurious. One gains at least ...
— The White Feather • P. G. Wodehouse

... befitting and unique, imposes a singularly slight strain upon the resources of the alphabet. What combination of eight letters could be softer and more coaxing? And yet the startled Eves of Dunk Island were wont not only to specialise the spider but to shriek out affright at its unexpected presence by ...
— My Tropic Isle • E J Banfield

... artist, and so he didn't have and didn't need a college education. He specialised and devoted all his study to his art. Then he went to Paris and stayed there for years, still studying and working. I tell you, it's specialisation that counts. Now I don't know that Patty wants to specialise, but she certainly doesn't need the general work of college. I should think that you would prefer to have her devote herself to her music, especially her singing; for we all know that Patty's is a voice of rare promise. I don't know myself exactly what 'rare promise' means, but it's a phrase ...
— Patty in Paris • Carolyn Wells

Words linked to "Specialise" :   diversify, specialist, enlarge, evolve, change, spell out, vary, specialisation, expatiate, lucubrate, elaborate, dilate, modify, work, generalize, flesh out, alter, overspecialize, expand, exposit, expound

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