verb (used with object), spec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), spec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing.
Origin of specify
Examples from the Web for specify
He declined to specify which details had raised this concern.Fired From Los Alamos for Pushing Obama's Nuclear Agenda|Center for Public Integrity|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Miftakhov did not specify what ‘things’ were and (the officer) did not ask him to specify.Pennsylvania Student Proves You Could Buy Ingredients for a WMD on Amazon|Michael Daly|January 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, the hospital has declined requests by the Royalist and others to specify exactly what that support entailed.Tragic Nurse Left Suicide Note Criticising Hospital|Tom Sykes|December 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He would not specify which deductions he'd eliminate, or by how much, or for whom exactly.Doomsday Conservatives: Too Many Hormones, Too Little Plan|David Frum|December 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Romney denied it, but refused to specify what loopholes or deductions he would eliminate to finance his plan.
I cannot specify the amount here, as I did not see these people for want of time.Memoir of Hendrick Zwaardecroon, commandeur of Jaffnapatam|Hendrick Zwaardecroon
I regret I did not "make a Note" of the case, so as to be able to specify the time, place, and circumstances with certainty.
There are orders and even articles of the ordinances of good government to specify the price of food.
Being asked to specify the chief advantages of the new system over slavery, he stated at once the following things: 1st.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
Leave papers will specify the date of departure and the number of days' leave authorized.The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918|American Expeditionary Forces
British Dictionary definitions for specify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr; may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for specify
Word Origin and History for specify
c.1300, from Old French specifier (13c.), from Late Latin specificare "mention particularly," from specifus (see specific). Related: Specified; specifying.