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[spes-uh-fahy] /ˈspɛs əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), specified, specifying.
to mention or name specifically or definitely; state in detail:
He did not specify the amount needed.
to give a specific character to.
to set forth as a specification.
to name or state as a condition:
He specified that he be given my power of attorney.
verb (used without object), specified, specifying.
to make a specific mention or statement.
1250-1300; Middle English specyfyen < Old French specifier < Medieval Latin specificāre. See specific, -fy
Related forms
[spes-uh-fi-key-tiv] /ˈspɛs ə fɪˌkeɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA),
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
1. detail, indicate, enumerate, stipulate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for specified
  • The piece can then be installed in any size or space as long as the specified colors and proportions are respected.
  • Add specified liquid and other seasonings, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the sole responsibility of each winner.
  • Only digital photographs related to our specified monthly theme will be accepted.
  • Tests received after the specified deadline will not be graded.
  • Any positions specified on contracts or orders, except covers, shall be considered requests only and not conditions of purchase.
  • The wilderness is zealously guarded, so much so that motorists are restricted from all but a few specified areas.
  • Further, the monies must be spent as specified in the budget form.
  • Turn the compost tumbler's hand crank one rotation each day, or the number of rotations specified by the manufacturer.
  • If no motions are specified, the previous question applies only to the immediately pending question.
British Dictionary definitions for specified


verb (transitive; may take a clause as object) -fies, -fying, -fied
to refer to or state specifically
to state as a condition
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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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