Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To state explicitly or in detail.
  • transitive verb To include in a specification.
  • transitive verb To determine or bring about (a specific result).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in words so as to distinguish from other things.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To state explicitly, or in detail, or as a condition.
  • verb transitive To include in a specification.
  • verb transitive To bring about a specific result.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb decide upon or fix definitely
  • verb select something or someone for a specific purpose
  • verb design or destine
  • verb be specific about
  • verb specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
  • verb determine the essential quality of
  • verb define clearly

Etymologies

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

[Middle English specifien, from Old French specifier, from Medieval Latin specificāre, from specificus, specific; see specific.]

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