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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Specifyverb

    To mention; to show by some particular marks of distinction.

    Etymology: from species; specificer, Fr.

    As the change of such laws as have been specified is necessary, so the evidence that they are such, must be great. Richard Hooker.

    St. Peter doth not specify what these waters were. Burnet.

    He has there given us an exact geography of Greece, where the countries, and the uses of their soils are specified. Alexander Pope.

Wikipedia

  1. Specify

    Specify (foaled 1962) was a British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who competed in National Hunt racing and is noted for winning the 1971 Grand National.

ChatGPT

  1. specify

    To specify means to identify or state something clearly and precisely, often in explicit or definite terms. It can involve providing detailed information or instructions about something.

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

  2. 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. Archie Parnell:

    This campaign has always been about the people of the 5th District, my home, but never about me, 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.

  2. Kirk Cox:

    While the Governor can call a special session, he can not specify what the General Assembly chooses to consider or how we do our work, we intend to use that time to take productive steps to address gun violence by holding criminals accountable with tougher sentences — including mandatory minimums.

  3. The Daily Beast:

    Conservatives criticize such programs as fueling substance abuse. But activists and many public health experts say these sorts of programs provide a significant degree of safety and support to vulnerable people, while HHS declined to specify any elements of smoking kits that may qualify, non-governmental organization Harm Reduction International lists some typical items, including brass screen filters, rubber mouthpieces to limit burning, lip balm, and disinfectant wipes.

  4. United States:

    The 14th Amendment distinguishes between the privileges of citizenship and the privileges of all people, the framers [ of the amendment ] thought there were certain rights that were so important that they should be extended to all persons, and in order to specify that they needed a new' due process' clause.

  5. Abu Daqqa:

    The agreement does not specify a geographical area, which means in theory it applies to both, but out of experience, Israel will not allow it to work in Gaza.

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