Definition of “specialize” - English Dictionary

“specialize” in British English

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specializeverb [ I ]

UK usually specialise uk /ˈspeʃ.əl.aɪz/ us /ˈspeʃ.ə.laɪz/

B2 to spend most of your time studying one particular subject or doing one type of business:

She hired a lawyer who specializes in divorce cases.
a restaurant that specializes in seafood
I enjoy working in general medicine, but I hope to be able to specialize in the future.

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  • These nurses specialize in the care of the dying.
  • US marshals specialize in finding fugitives and escapees.
  • The company specializes in customized computer systems.
  • She specializes in historical novels set in 18th-century England.
  • He specializes in breeding large dogs such as Irish wolfhounds.

(Definition of “specialize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“specialize” in American English

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specializeverb [ I ]

us /ˈspeʃ·əˌlɑɪz/

to spend most of your time studying one particular subject or doing one type of work:

She’s a lawyer who specializes in accident cases.
The store specializes in Asian antiques.
specialized
adjective us /ˈspeʃ·əˌlɑɪzd/

Her job is very specialized.

(Definition of “specialize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“specialize” in Business English

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specializeverb [ I ]

UK also specialise uk /ˈspeʃəlaɪz/ us

to spend most of your time studying one particular subject or doing one type of business:

specialize in sth The bank has hired a trader to specialize in Southeast Asian and Latin American currencies.

(Definition of “specialize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)