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Specialise   Listen

Devote oneself to a special area of work.  Synonym: specialize.  "This baker specializes in French bread"
Be specific about.  Synonyms: particularise, particularize, specialize, specify.
Suit to a special purpose.  Synonym: specialize.  "This kind of beak has become specialized in certain Galapagos finches"
Become more focus on an area of activity or field of study.  Synonyms: narrow, narrow down, specialize.
Evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment.  Synonyms: differentiate, specialize, speciate.

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"Specialise" Quotes from Famous Books

... remember that after all a good many of the best English golfers and lawn-tennis players do nothing else in life but golf or play lawn-tennis. And this tendency to specialise is undoubtedly increasing. Meanwhile it will never be rooted out of the American character and in departments of sport where it, and it alone, will bring pre-eminence, Englishmen will either have to do as Americans do or, sooner ...
— The Twentieth Century American - Being a Comparative Study of the Peoples of the Two Great - Anglo-Saxon Nations • H. Perry Robinson

... anything to do with the loss of eyes. It is almost as though a man should discover that blindness in a certain case was due to a congenital, i.e. gametic, defect, and should then scoff at the idea that any person could become blind by disease. Some of those who specialise in the investigation of genetics seem to give inadequate consideration to other branches of biology. It is a well-established fact that in the mole, in Proteus, and in Ambtyopsis (the blind fish of ...
— Hormones and Heredity • J. T. Cunningham

... "The real thing" is perhaps the most remote and specialised of all branches of learning. For a few it is the best, indeed, the only natural, line of development; but these are few and easily recognised, and even they should not be allowed to specialise too narrowly—that is a point which no one who is not a mathematician will dispute. At the other end of the scale comes the third of the three R's; and about that again there is no controversy, except as to the ...
— The School and the World • Victor Gollancz and David Somervell

... the Weasel." There are wide spaces between these names which may be filled up from actual life with numbers of equal uniqueness. But it is not in architecture nor in name that the country inn presents its most attractive characteristic. These features merely specialise its outward corporeity. The living, brightening, all-pervading soul of the establishment is the LANDLADY. Let her name be written in capitals evermore. There is nothing so naturally, speakingly, and gloriously English in the wide world as she. It is doubtful if the nation is aware of this, but ...
— A Walk from London to John O'Groat's • Elihu Burritt

... at fifty million dollars. It will not accept deposits subject to call at short notice, which means constant mobilisation of resources; it will open accounts only with those who propose to make use of its oversea machinery; it will specialise in credits for clients abroad, and it will become the centre of syndicate operations. One of its chief purposes, I might add, will be to enable the British manufacturer and exporter to assume profitably the long credits so much ...
— The War After the War • Isaac Frederick Marcosson

Words linked to "Specialise" :   expatiate, exposit, generalize, work, elaborate, lucubrate, change, diversify, flesh out, alter, expound, dilate, vary, specialist, modify, overspecialize, expand, enlarge, specialisation, evolve, spell out

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