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

specificative [spes-uh-fi-key-tiv] , 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

1. detail, indicate, enumerate, stipulate.
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specify (ˈspɛsɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -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
[C13: from Medieval Latin specificāre to describe]

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Example sentences
The family declined to specify the condition for which he was being treated.
To explain: importers who buy dollars through official channels must specify
  what they plan to import.
Woods will not specify which snake venoms his team is studying, because the
  compounds have not yet been patented.
She would verbally and in handwritten notes specify when she wanted specific
  situations captured.
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