- If you indicate an exact date and time on an invitation, this is an example of a time when you specify a date.
- If you are building a house and you call for a specific brand of flooring in your contract, this is an example of when you specify the brand.
Specify is to clearly identify, or to make a fixed demand for a specific thing.
- to mention, describe, or define in detail; state definitely: to specify the time and place
- to include as an item in a set of specifications
- to state explicitly as a condition
Origin of specifyMiddle English specifien ; from Old French specifier ; from Late Latin specificare ; from specificus, specific
transitive verbspec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing, spec·i·fies
- To state explicitly or in detail: specified the amount needed; specified what was wrong with the program.
- To include in a specification.
- To determine or bring about (a specific result): a gene that specifies the synthesis of a single protein.
Origin of specifyMiddle English specifien, from Old French specifier, from Medieval Latin specificare, from specificus, specific; see specific.
(third-person singular simple present specifies, present participle specifying, simple past and past participle specified)