specify

To explicitly name something or state a particular detail, you specify that thing. So, when you have a craving for dessert and you send someone to the store to buy ice cream, you may want to specify a flavor.

If you assign something for a particular purpose, this verb means that you specify. Your parents can specify for safety's sake that you can only ride your bicycle on the sidewalk and not on the street. Another use of the verb specify is to give a set of requirements. If you have your grandmother's old recipe for snickerdoodle cookies, you may wonder what the recipe means when it specifies that you should add "a smidgen of molasses."

DEFINITIONS OF: specify

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v be specific about

“Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?”
Synonyms:
particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize
Antonyms:
generalise, generalize
speak or write in generalities
Types:
spell out
make explicit; specify in detail
Type of:
dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

v define clearly

Synonyms:
nail down, narrow, narrow down, peg down, pin down
Types:
concretize
make something concrete
Type of:
determine
fix in scope; fix the boundaries of

v decide upon or fix definitely

specify the parameters”
Synonyms:
define, determine, fix, limit, set
Types:
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quantify
use as a quantifier
name
mention and identify by name
reset
set anew
define
give a definition for the meaning of a word
redefine
give a new or different definition of (a word)
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v select something or someone for a specific purpose

Synonyms:
assign, set apart
Types:
dedicate
set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
detail
assign to a specific task
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v determine the essential quality of

Synonyms:
define, delimit, delimitate, delineate
Types:
determine
fix in scope; fix the boundaries of
redefine
give a new or different definition to
nail down, narrow, narrow down, peg down, pin down
define clearly
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

Synonyms:
condition, qualify, stipulate
stipulate
give a guarantee or promise of
Types:
provide
determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation
Type of:
contract, undertake
enter into a contractual arrangement

v design or destine

Synonyms:
designate, destine, intend
Types:
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mean
destine or designate for a certain purpose
design
plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
slate
designate or schedule
aim, calculate, direct
specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
Type of:
plan
make plans for something
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