specialize

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
  1. verb
    become more focused on an area of activity or field of study
    “She specializes in Near Eastern history”
    synonyms: narrow, narrow down, specialise
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    Antonyms:
    branch out, broaden, diversify
    vary in order to spread risk or to expand
    types:
    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
  2. verb
    evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
    synonyms: differentiate, specialise, speciate
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    type of:
    evolve
    undergo development or evolution
  3. verb
    suit to a special purpose
    specialize one's research”
    “this kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches”
    synonyms: specialise
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    type of:
    modify
    make less severe or harsh or extreme
  4. verb
    devote oneself to a special area of work
    “She specializes in honey bees”
    “This baker specializes in French bread”
    synonyms: specialise
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    type of:
    work
    exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
  5. verb
    be specific about
    synonyms: particularise, particularize, specialise, specify
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    Antonyms:
    generalise, generalize
    speak or write in generalities
    types:
    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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