[ spek ]
/ spɛk /
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built, done, bought, etc., as a speculation: the construction of spec houses.
verb (used with object), spec'd or specked or specced, spec'·ing or speck·ing or spec·cing.
to provide specifications for: The custom turbocharger was spec'd by our mechanic.
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Idioms for spec
on spec, made, built, or done with hopes of but no assurance of payment or a sale; without commitment by a client or buyer: ad illustrations done on spec; luxury homes built on spec and sold before completion.
Origin of spec
An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; by shortening
OTHER WORDS FROM specspec’·er, speck·er, noun
Definition for spec (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for spec (1 of 2)
/ (spɛk) informal /
on spec as a speculation or gambleall the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec
(prenominal) Australian and NZ speculativea spec developer
Word Origin for spec
C19: short for speculation or speculative
British Dictionary definitions for spec (2 of 2)
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Idioms and Phrases with spec
see on spec.
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