specify

verb
spec·​i·​fy | \ ˈspe-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce specify (audio) \
specified; specifying

Definition of specify

transitive verb

1 : to name or state explicitly or in detail
2 : to include as an item in a specification

Other Words from specify

specifiable \ ˌspe-​sə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce specify (audio) \ adjective
specifier \ ˈspe-​sə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce specify (audio) \ noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The suit doesn’t say if the girl’s injuries were permanent or specify if the girl couldn’t attend school while recuperating. oregonlive, 2 May 2022 The regional governor, Maksym Kozytskyy, said on Facebook that preliminary indications were five people were injured in the first attack but did not specify what the two rockets hit. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2022 The regional governor, Maxym Kozytsky, said on Facebook that preliminary indications were five people had been injured in the first attack but did not specify what the two rockets hit. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2022 The regional governor, Maxym Kozytsky, said on Facebook that preliminary indications were five people were injured in the first attack but did not specify what the two rockets hit. Cara Anna, chicagotribune.com, 26 Mar. 2022 While the agency didn’t specify what happened, local authorities say a gang robbed the truck the inspectors were traveling in at gunpoint. al, 13 Feb. 2022 While the agency didn’t specify what happened, local authorities say a gang robbed the truck the inspectors were traveling in at gunpoint. Mark Stevenson, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Feb. 2022 While the agency didn’t specify what happened, local authorities say a gang robbed the truck the inspectors were traveling in at gunpoint. Mark Stevenson, ajc, 13 Feb. 2022 Workers told investigators that Iannazzo asked for no peanut butter in his drink, but did not specify the request was because of an allergy, the police said. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of specify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for specify

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

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The first known use of specify was in the 14th century

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27 May 2022

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“Specify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/specify. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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specify

verb
spec·​i·​fy | \ ˈspe-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce specify (audio) \
specified; specifying

Kids Definition of specify

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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