specialize etymology

English word specialize comes from English -ize, English special

Detailed word origin of specialize

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ize English (eng) Used to form verbs from nouns or adjectives, the verbs having the sense of "to make what is denoted by the noun/adjective".
special English (eng) (euphemistic) Retarded; mentally handicapped. (military) Of or related to special forces.. Chief in excellence.. Constituting or relating to a species.. Distinguished by a unique or unusual quality.. Of particular personal interest or value; dear; beloved. (nursing) To supervise a patient one-on-one. (British, colloquial) A special constable.. (broadcasting) Unusual or exceptional episode of [...]
specialize English (eng) (biology, transitive) To make distinct or separate in form or function.. (intransitive) To become distinct or separate, particularly:. (obsolete, intransitive) To go into specific details.. (rare, transitive) To specify: to mention specifically.. (uncommon, transitive) To narrow in scope.. (usually, _, pejorative) To be known or notorious for some specialty.. To focus one's business upon a [...]

Words with the same origin as specialize

Descendants of -ize
apologize criticize jeopardize patronize specialist specialty visualize