See more synonyms for specify on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), spec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing.
- to mention or name specifically or definitely; state in detail: He did not specify the amount needed.
- to give a specific character to.
- to set forth as a specification.
- to name or state as a condition: He specified that he be given my power of attorney.
verb (used without object), spec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing.
- to make a specific mention or statement.
Origin of specify
1250–1300; Middle English specyfyenRelated formsspec·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, adjectivenon·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
< Old French specifier
< Medieval Latin specificāre.
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British Dictionary definitions for underspecify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr; may take a clause as object)Derived Formsspecificative (ˈspɛsɪfɪˌkeɪtɪv), adjectivespecifier, noun
- to refer to or state specifically
- to state as a condition
- to state or include in the specification of
C13: from Medieval Latin specificāre to describe
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Word Origin and History for underspecify
c.1300, from Old French specifier (13c.), from Late Latin specificare "mention particularly," from specifus (see specific). Related: Specified; specifying.
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