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Definition of "specify" []

  • To state explicitly or in detail: specified the amount needed. (verb-transitive)
  • To include in a specification. (verb-transitive)
  • To state as a condition: specified that they be included in the will. (verb-transitive)
  • To determine or bring about (a specific result): a gene that specifies the synthesis of a single protein. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "specify" in a sentence
  • "Does the label specify which type of shampoo and conditioner I should use?"
  • "Most definitions of the term specify that automobiles are designed to run primarily on roads, to have seating for one to eight people, to typically have four wheels, and to be constructed principally for the transport of people rather than goods."
  • "One simply has to envision that the agent who caused the universe was able to specify from the start not only laws but much more. page 231, EoE"