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transitive verb spec·i·fy \ˈspe-sə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of specify

  • : to name or mention (someone or something) exactly and clearly : to be specific about (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of specify



  1. 1 :  to name or state explicitly or in detail

  2. 2 :  to include as an item in a specification


play \ˌspe-sə-ˈfī-ə-bəl\ adjective


play \ˈspe-sə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of specify in a sentence

  1. Can you specify the cause of the argument?

  2. Specify the color and quantity when you order.

  3. He clearly specified California wine.

  4. The instructions do not specify what kind of screws to use.

  5. All subscriptions are for one year unless otherwise specified.

  6. At the specified time, we rang the bell.

  7. She agreed to the terms specified in the contract.

Origin and Etymology of specify

Middle English specifien, from Anglo-French specifier, from Late Latin specificare, from specificus

First Known Use: 14th century

SPECIFY Defined for Kids


verb spec·i·fy \ˈspe-sə-ˌfī\

Definition of specify for Students



  1. 1 :  to mention or name exactly and clearly <Can you specify the cause of the crash?>

  2. 2 :  to include in a description of work to be done or materials to be used

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