Simple Definition of specify
: to name or mention (someone or something) exactly and clearly : to be specific about (something)
Examples of specify in a sentence
Can you specify the cause of the argument?
Specify the color and quantity when you order.
He clearly specified California wine.
The instructions do not specify what kind of screws to use.
All subscriptions are for one year unless otherwise specified.
At the specified time, we rang the bell.
She agreed to the terms specified in the contract.
Origin of specify
Middle English specifien, from Anglo-French specifier, from Late Latin specificare, from specificus
First Known Use: 14th century
SPECIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of specify for Students
1 : to mention or name exactly and clearly <Can you specify the cause of the crash?>
2 : to include in a description of work to be done or materials to be used
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