What does specify mean?

Definitions for specify
ˈspɛs əˌfaɪspec·i·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stipulate, qualify, condition, specifyverb

    specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

    "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the dates of the payments"

  2. specify, set, determine, define, fix, limitverb

    decide upon or fix definitely

    "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"

  3. specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitateverb

    determine the essential quality of

  4. specify, particularize, particularise, specialize, specialiseverb

    be specific about

    "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"

  5. pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, narrow, specifyverb

    define clearly

    "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"

  6. intend, destine, designate, specifyverb

    design or destine

    "She was intended to become the director"

  7. assign, specify, set apartverb

    select something or someone for a specific purpose

    "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"

Wiktionary

  1. specifyverb

    To state explicitly, or in detail, or as a condition.

  2. specifyverb

    To include in a specification.

  3. specifyverb

    To bring about a specific result.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Specifyverb

    to mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in words so as to distinguish from other things; as, to specify the uses of a plant; to specify articles purchased

    Etymology: [F. spcifier, or OF. especifier, fr. LL. specificare. See Species, -fy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Specify

    spes′i-fī, v.t. to mention particularly: to set down as a requisite:—pa.t. and pa.p. spec′ifīed.v.t. Specif′icate, to specify.—n. Specificā′tion, the act of specifying: any point or particular specified: the description of his invention presented by an applicant for a patent.—Logical specification is the counterpart of generalisation—implying that beings the most like or homogeneous disagree or are heterogeneous in some respect. [O. Fr.,—Low L. specificāre—L. species, kind, facĕre, to make.]

Editors Contribution

  1. specify

    Be specific.

    They did specify the purchase order number on the invoice, it made for perfect matching of purchasing proof and payment of invoices.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'specify' in Verbs Frequency: #478

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of specify in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of specify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of specify in a Sentence

  1. Sir Arthur Eddington:

    For the truth of the conclusions of physical science, observation is the supreme Court of Appeal. It does not follow that every item which we confidently accept as physical knowledge has actually been certified by the Court our confidence is that it would be certified by the Court if it were submitted. But it does follow that every item of physical knowledge is of a form which might be submitted to the Court. It must be such that we can specify (although it may be impracticable to carry out) an observational procedure which would decide whether it is true or not. Clearly a statement cannot be tested by observation unless it is an assertion about the results of observation. Every item of physical knowledge must therefore be an assertion of what has been or would be the result of carrying out a specified observational procedure.

  2. Marcelo Ebrard:

    It's very important to persevere, to specify, clarify and demand that measures are taken so that this is not repeated, and the first measure is to classify it for what it is, an act of terrorism that seeks to take Mexican lives.

  3. Lovely Warren:

    The current draft doesn't specify imminent, however, my recommendation would be to change that.

  4. Ralph Jacobsen:

    Who would ever think in this country that you can’t specify (that) something goes to a U.S. citizen? It’s unbelievable.

  5. General Director Alexander Pavlov:

    I can't specify the number of these consumers, but since the beginning of 2014 they have increased significantly.

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