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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English specifien, from Old French specifier, from Late Latin specificāre, from specificus, specific; see specific.


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