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specify

[spes-uh-fahy] /ˈspɛs əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), specified, specifying.
1.
to mention or name specifically or definitely; state in detail:
He did not specify the amount needed.
2.
to give a specific character to.
3.
to set forth as a specification.
4.
to name or state as a condition:
He specified that he be given my power of attorney.
verb (used without object), specified, specifying.
5.
to make a specific mention or statement.
Origin of specify
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English specyfyen < Old French specifier < Medieval Latin specificāre. See specific, -fy
Related forms
specificative
[spes-uh-fi-key-tiv] /ˈspɛs ə fɪˌkeɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
specificatively, adverb
specifier, noun
misspecified, adjective
nonspecified, adjective
prespecify, verb (used with object), prespecified, prespecifying.
respecify, verb, respecified, respecifying.
underspecified, adjective
underspecify, verb (used with object), underspecified, underspecifying.
unspecified, adjective
unspecifying, adjective
Synonyms
1. detail, indicate, enumerate, stipulate.
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  • The lands embraced in this grant were within the bounds of Virginia, as specified in 1609, but had thus far not been occupied.

    The Colonies 1492-1750 Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • He came the following afternoon, at the time he had specified.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • "Unauthorized indirect use" or reprint under pretext of annotations or criticism (art. 12) was specified as unlawful reproduction.

    Copyright: Its History and Its Law Richard Rogers Bowker
  • To what precise extent the praise was to go was not specified.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • If it is exposed to high-potential hazards, carbon blocks are specified instead of copper.

British Dictionary definitions for specified

specify

/ˈspɛsɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to refer to or state specifically
2.
to state as a condition
3.
to state or include in the specification of
Derived Forms
specificative (ˈspɛsɪfɪˌkeɪtɪv) adjective
specifier, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin specificāre to describe
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Word Origin and History for specified

specify

v.

c.1300, from Old French specifier (13c.), from Late Latin specificare "mention particularly," from specifus (see specific). Related: Specified; specifying.

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