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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.


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.


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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