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English verb: specialise

1. specialise (social) devote oneself to a special area of work


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


Synonymsspecialize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)work

2. specialise (communication) be specific about


SamplesCould you please specify your criticism of my paper?.


Synonymsparticularise, particularize, specialize, 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. specialise (change) suit to a special purpose


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


Synonymsspecialize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)modify

4. specialise (change) become more focus on an area of activity or field of study


SamplesShe specializes in Near Eastern history.


Synonymsnarrow, narrow down, specialize


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

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


Synonymsdifferentiate, specialize, speciate


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


Broader (hypernym)evolve









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