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.
Origin of specify
Synonyms for specify
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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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