What does specify mean?

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ˈspɛs əˌfaɪspec·i·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stipulate, qualify, condition, specify(verb)

    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, limit(verb)

    decide upon or fix definitely

    "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"

  3. specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitate(verb)

    determine the essential quality of

  4. specify, particularize, particularise, specialize, specialise(verb)

    be specific about

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

  5. pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, narrow, specify(verb)

    define clearly

    "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"

  6. intend, destine, designate, specify(verb)

    design or destine

    "She was intended to become the director"

  7. assign, specify, set apart(verb)

    select something or someone for a specific purpose

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

Wiktionary

  1. specify(Verb)

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

  2. specify(Verb)

    To include in a specification.

  3. specify(Verb)

    To bring about a specific result.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Specify(verb)

    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  

British National Corpus

  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. Mary Schiavo:

    If you could book a 737 500, and you find out it's a 737 MAX, technically they don't have to honor your request. ... So you don't have a right to specify you are not going to go on a 737 MAX.

  2. Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

    I was there for the fundraiser and I was there for the part where this conversation occurred, what I'll just say in general is that President Obama made a case that would be familiar to all of you, which is that as Democrats move through this competitive primary process, we need to be mindful of the fact that our success in November in electing a Democratic president will depend on the commitment and ability of the Democratic Party to come together behind our nominee. And the President did not indicate or specify a preference in the race.

  3. Mick Lloyd Kerman:

    A doctor can bury his mistakes but a supplier based engineer can only advise the product designer to specify a heavier texture.

  4. 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.

  5. Archie Parnell:

    Forty-five years ago, while still a college student, I did something that I have regretted every single day since. In response to actions I feel unnecessary to specify, I lashed out and became violent with other people, including my former wife, which led to a divorce and monumental change in my life.

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