Definition of Specify

1. Verb. Specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement. "The contract stipulates the dates of the payments"

Exact synonyms: Condition, Qualify, Stipulate
Generic synonyms: Contract, Undertake
Related verbs: Stipulate
Specialized synonyms: Provide
Derivative terms: Condition, Condition, Condition, Qualification, Specification, Specification, Stipulation, Stipulatory

2. Verb. Decide upon or fix definitely. "Specify the parameters"
Exact synonyms: Define, Determine, Fix, Limit, Set
Specialized synonyms: Quantify, Name, Reset, Define
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Derivative terms: Determinant, Determiner, Determiner, Limit, Limit, Set

3. Verb. Determine the essential quality of.
Exact synonyms: Define, Delimit, Delimitate, Delineate
Specialized synonyms: Determine, Redefine
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Delineation

4. Verb. Be specific about. "They specify that there was a traffic accident "; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"

5. Verb. Define clearly. "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
Exact synonyms: Nail Down, Narrow, Narrow Down, Peg Down, Pin Down
Generic synonyms: Determine
Specialized synonyms: Concretize
Derivative terms: Specifier

6. Verb. Design or destine. "She was intended to become the director"
Exact synonyms: Designate, Destine, Intend
Generic synonyms: Plan
Specialized synonyms: Mean, Design, Slate, Aim, Calculate, Direct
Derivative terms: Destination

7. Verb. Select something or someone for a specific purpose. "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
Exact synonyms: Assign, Set Apart
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Specialized synonyms: Dedicate, Detail
Derivative terms: Assignment, Specification

Definition of Specify

1. v. t. To mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in words so as to distinguish from other things; as, to specify the uses of a plant; to specify articles purchased.

Definition of Specify

1. Verb. (transitive) To state explicitly, or in detail, or as a condition. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To include in a specification. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To bring about a specific result. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Specify

1. to state in detail [v -FIED, -FYING, -FIES]

Medical Definition of Specify

1. To mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in words so as to distinguish from other things; as, to specify the uses of a plant; to specify articles purchased. "He has there given us an exact geography of Greece, where the countries and the uses of their soils are specified." (Pope) Origin: F. Specifier, or OF. Especifier, fr. LL. Specificare. See Species, -fy. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Specify

specificity constant
specify (current term)
specimen bottle
specimen chamber
specimen charge
specimen contamination
specimen distortion
specimen handling
specimen holder
specimen interaction
specimen interaction volume
specimen screen

Literary usage of Specify

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Base SAS(R) 9.1.3 Procedures Guide, Second Edition, Volumes 1-4 by Sas Institute (2006)
"Engine and operating environment information unless you specify the SHORT option. A detailed listing of integrity constraints if the data set has ..."

2. A Commentary on the Law of Contracts by Francis Wharton (1882)
"... and does not further specify, then " cattle" is to be construed as including all kinds of cattle,2 and "machinery" as including all kinds of machinery,2 ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"It is also advisable to specify the teaching staff (European and native) and the number of pupils receiving instruction in handicrafts and agriculture. ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"The lease did not specify any particular part of the land, nor restrict the lessee to the use of any particular number of acres. In November, 1904, HH Sapp ..."

5. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, Charles M. Barnes (1884)
"inventions ; and he must particularly specify the part, improvement, or combination which he claims as his own invention nett v. ..."

6. A Treatise on the Principles of Pleading in Civil Actions: Comprising a by Henry John Stephen, Samuel Williston (1895)
"[*338] THE PLEADINGS MUST specify THE NAMES OP PERSONS, (m) First, this rule applies to the parties to the suit. The declaration must set forth accurately ..."

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