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[ spek ]
/ spɛk /
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noun
adjective
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 about 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 spec

spec’·er, speck·er, noun

Other definitions for spec (2 of 2)

spec.

abbreviation
special.
specially.
specifically.
specification.
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British Dictionary definitions for spec (1 of 2)

spec
/ (spɛk) informal /

noun
on spec as a speculation or gambleall the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec
adjective
(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)

spec.

abbreviation for
specification
speculation
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Other Idioms and Phrases with spec

spec

see on spec.

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