specify
transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English specifien, from Anglo-French specifier, from Late Latin specificare, from specificus Date: 14th century 1. to name or state explicitly or in detail 2. to include as an item in a specification • specifiable adjectivespecifier noun

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  • specify — spe‧ci‧fy [ˈspesfaɪ] verb specified PTandPP [transitive] to state something in an exact and detailed way: • It is useful to specify the due date for payment. • The work must be completed within the specified period agreed in the contract.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Specify — Spec i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Specified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Specifying}.] [F. sp[ e]cifier, or OF. especifier, fr. LL. specificare. See {Species}, { fy}.] To mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in words so as to distinguish from …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • specify — [spes′ə fī΄] vt. specified, specifying [ME specifien < OFr specifier < LL specificare < specificus,SPECIFIC] 1. to mention, describe, or define in detail; state definitely [to specify the time and place] 2. to include as an item in a set …   English World dictionary

  • specify — I verb advert to, circumscribe, cite, clearly define, demarcate, denotare, designate, detail, differentiate, disclose, enumerare, enumerate, explain, express, give full particulars, go into detail, indicate, instance, itemize, list, mark out,… …   Law dictionary

  • specify — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. specifier (13c.), from L.L. specificare mention particularly, from specifus (see SPECIFIC (Cf. specific)). Related: Specified; specifying …   Etymology dictionary

  • specify — *mention, name, instance Analogous words: cite, *quote: stipulate (see corresponding noun under CONDITION) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • specify — [v] designate; decide definitely be specific, blueprint*, button down*, cite, come to the point, condition, define, detail, determine, draw a picture*, enumerate, establish, finger*, fix, get down to brass tacks*, get to the point*, go into… …   New thesaurus

  • specify — ► VERB (specifies, specified) 1) make specific; state or identify clearly and definitely. 2) include in an architect s or engineer s specifications. DERIVATIVES specifiable adjective specifier noun …   English terms dictionary

  • specify — v. 1) (D; tr.) to specify by (to specify smb. by name) 2) (L) the contract specifies that a penalty must be paid if the work is not completed on time 3) (Q) the instructions specify how the medicine is to be taken * * * [ spesɪfaɪ] (L) the… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • specify — verb ADVERB ▪ clearly ▪ fully ▪ carefully ▪ exactly, precisely ▪ She did not specify precisely how many people were involved in the incident …   Collocations dictionary

  • specify — spe|ci|fy W3 [ˈspesıfaı] v past tense and past participle specified present participle specifying third person singular specifies [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: specifier, from Late Latin specificare, from specificus; SPECIFIC1] to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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