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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for underspecify

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 underspecify

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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