from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To state explicitly or in detail: specified the amount needed.
- transitive v. To include in a specification.
- transitive v. To state as a condition: specified that they be included in the will.
- transitive v. To determine or bring about (a specific result): a gene that specifies the synthesis of a single protein.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To state explicitly, or in detail, or as a condition.
- v. To include in a specification.
- v. To bring about a specific result.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in words so as to distinguish from other things.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mention specifically or explicitly; state exactly or in detail; name distinctly: as, to specify the persons concerned in a given act; to specify one's wants, or articles required.
- To name as a requisite, as in technical specifications; set down in a specification.
- To make specific; give a specific character to; distinguish as of a species or kind.
- Synonyms To indicate, particularize, individualize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. decide upon or fix definitely
- v. select something or someone for a specific purpose
- v. design or destine
- v. be specific about
- v. specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
- v. determine the essential quality of
- v. define clearly
Middle English specifien, from Old French specifier, from Late Latin specificāre, from specificus, specific; see specific.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)