specifically

adverb spe·cif·i·cal·ly \ spi-ˈsi-fi-k(ə-)lē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of specifically

1 : in a specific manner : in a definite and exact way : with precision
  • instructed them specifically on how to proceed
  • the people specifically named in the report
  • The reasons for the change were not specifically mentioned.
  • I specifically told her not to bother you.
  • Knead the bread dough for several minutes, or, more specifically, until it forms a smooth ball.
2 used to indicate the exact identity, purpose, or use of something
  • The show is aimed specifically at a female audience.
  • Specifically, the stores are lowering the height of store shelving, changing out signs, repainting some areas and … putting products next to each other that customers typically buy together.
  • —Jill Rick

First Known Use of specifically

1646

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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