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English verb: specialize

1. specialize (change) become more focus on an area of activity or field of study


SamplesShe specializes in Near Eastern history.


Synonymsnarrow, narrow down, specialise


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, vary


Narrower (hyponym)overspecialise, overspecialize


Antonymsbranch out, broaden, diversify

2. specialize (communication) be specific about


SamplesCould you please specify your criticism of my paper?.


Synonymsparticularise, particularize, specialise, specify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate


Narrower (hyponym)spell out


Antonymsgeneralise, generalize

3. specialize (change) suit to a special purpose


SamplesSpecialize one's research.
This kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches.


Synonymsspecialise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)modify

4. specialize (social) devote oneself to a special area of work


SamplesShe specializes in honey bees.
This baker specializes in French bread.


Synonymsspecialise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)work

5. specialize (change) evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment


Synonymsdifferentiate, specialise, speciate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)evolve









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