verb (used with object), spec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing.

  1. to mention or name specifically or definitely; state in detail: He did not specify the amount needed.
  2. to give a specific character to.
  3. to set forth as a specification.
  4. 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.

  1. to make a specific mention or statement.


  1. not referred to or stated specifically

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr; may take a clause as object)

  1. to refer to or state specifically
  2. to state as a condition
  3. to state or include in the specification of

v.c.1300, from Old French specifier (13c.), from Late Latin specificare “mention particularly,” from specifus (see specific). Related: Specified; specifying.

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