Definition of specialize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

specialize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈspeʃəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspeʃəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they specialize
BrE BrE//ˈspeʃəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspeʃəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it specializes
BrE BrE//ˈspeʃəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspeʃəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple specialized
BrE BrE//ˈspeʃəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspeʃəlaɪzd//
 
past participle specialized
BrE BrE//ˈspeʃəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspeʃəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form specializing
BrE BrE//ˈspeʃəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspeʃəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] specialize (in something) to become an expert in a particular area of work, study or business; to spend more time on one area of work, etc. than on others Many students prefer not to specialize too soon. He specialized in criminal law. The shop specializes in hand-made chocolates. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French spécialiser, from spécial ‘special’.
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