Someone or something specialized has a specific purpose or function. A podiatrist is a specialized doctor. With months of specialized training, a person could learn to walk over hot coals. Good thing that there are doctors specialized in fixing feet.

The word specialized comes from special. Something special is important, notable, or unique in some way. A specialized hammer is made for one, specific purpose. A specialized teacher has expertise in a particular subject. NASCAR drivers use specialized cars, and assemble-at-home furniture comes with specialized tools. The opposite of a specialized thing is a general thing, which could be used in many circumstances. Something specialized is tailored to one job.

Definitions of specialized

adj developed or designed for a special activity or function

“a specialized tool”
(sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique
exhibiting biological specialization; adapted during development to a specific function or environment
adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
showing focused training
unspecialised, unspecialized
not specialized or modified for a particular purpose or function
applying to all or most members of a category or group
generalised, generalized
not biologically differentiated or adapted to a specific function or environment
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