verb (used with object), spec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), spec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing.
to make a specific mention or statement.
- specific volume,
- specimen plant,
- specious present
Origin of specify
spec·i·fi·ca·tive [spes-uh-fi-key-tiv] /ˈspɛs ə fɪˌkeɪ tɪv/, adjectivespec·i·fi·ca·tive·ly, adverbspec·i·fi·er, nounmis·spec·i·fied, adjective
non·spec·i·fied, adjectivepre·spec·i·fy, verb (used with object), pre·spec·i·fied, pre·spec·i·fy·ing.re·spec·i·fy, verb, re·spec·i·fied, re·spec·i·fy·ing.un·der·spec·i·fied, adjectiveun·der·spec·i·fy, verb (used with object), un·der·spec·i·fied, un·der·spec·i·fy·ing.un·spec·i·fied, adjectiveun·spec·i·fy·ing, adjective
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verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr; may take a clause as object)
to refer to or state specifically
to state as a condition
to state or include in the specification of
Word Origin for specify
C13: from Medieval Latin specificāre to describe
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c.1300, from Old French specifier (13c.), from Late Latin specificare "mention particularly," from specifus (see specific). Related: Specified; specifying.
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