To specialize is to narrow down your focus, in your studies or profession, to a specific field. If you love playing the accordion, perhaps you should specialize in polka music.

If there’s a subject you think is special, specialize in it! For example, doctors start to specialize in medical school, when they study something specific such as podiatry (feet) or cardiology (hearts). Other professionals also specialize in smaller parts of larger fields, like lawyers who specialize in corporate law, or writers who specialize in TV comedies.

Definitions of specialize

v become more focused on an area of activity or field of study

“She specializes in Near Eastern history”
narrow, narrow down, specialise
branch out, broaden, diversify
vary in order to spread risk or to expand
overspecialise, overspecialize
become overly specialized
Type of:
alter, change, vary
become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

v evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment

differentiate, specialise, speciate
Type of:
undergo development or evolution

v suit to a special purpose

specialize one's research”
“this kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches”
Type of:
make less severe or harsh or extreme

v devote oneself to a special area of work

“She specializes in honey bees”
“This baker specializes in French bread”
Type of:
exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

v be specific about

particularise, particularize, specialise, specify
generalise, generalize
speak or write in generalities
spell out
make explicit; specify in detail
Type of:
dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

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