- Specify is to clearly identify, or to make a fixed demand for a specific thing.
- 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.
- 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: Middle English specifien from Old French specifier from Late Latin specificare from specificus, specific
- specifier noun
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transitive verb spec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing, spec·i·fies
- To state explicitly or in detail: specified the amount needed.
- To include in a specification.
- To state as a condition: specified that they be included in the will.
- To determine or bring about (a specific result): a gene that specifies the synthesis of a single protein.
Origin: Middle English specifien, from Old French specifier, from Late Latin specificāre, from specificus, specific; see specific.
- specˈi·fiˌer noun