spe·​cif·​i·​cal·​ly | \ spi-ˈsi-fi-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce specifically (audio) \

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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 somethingThe 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

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First Known Use of specifically

1646 , in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Specifically.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specifically. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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: in a definite and exact way
used to indicate the exact purpose or use of something

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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