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English Dictionary: specify by the DICT Development Group
2 results for specify
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
specify
v
  1. specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the dates of the payments"
    Synonym(s): stipulate, qualify, condition, specify
  2. decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
    Synonym(s): specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit
  3. determine the essential quality of
    Synonym(s): specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitate
  4. be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"
    Synonym(s): specify, particularize, particularise, specialize, specialise
    Antonym(s): generalise, generalize
  5. define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
    Synonym(s): pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, narrow, specify
  6. design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
    Synonym(s): intend, destine, designate, specify
  7. select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
    Synonym(s): assign, specify, set apart
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Specify \Spec"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Specified}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Specifying}.] [F. sp[82]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 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.
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