specify

verb spec·i·fy \ ˈspe-sə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of specify

specified; specifying
transitive verb
1 : to name or state explicitly or in detail
2 : to include as an item in a specification

specifiable

play \ˌspe-sə-ˈfī-ə-bəl\ adjective

specifier

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.

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Origin and Etymology of specify

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


SPECIFY Defined for English Language Learners

specify

verb

Definition of specify for English Language Learners

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


SPECIFY Defined for Kids

specify

verb spec·i·fy \ ˈspe-sə-ˌfī \

Definition of specify for Students

specified; specifying
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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