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
  1. verb
    be specific about
    “Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?”
    synonyms: particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize
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    generalise, generalize
    speak or write in generalities
    types:
    spell out
    make explicit; specify in detail
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    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
  2. verb
    define clearly
    synonyms: nail down, narrow, narrow down, peg down, pin down
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    concretize
    make something concrete
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    determine
    fix in scope; fix the boundaries of
  3. verb
    decide upon or fix definitely
    specify the parameters”
    synonyms: define, determine, fix, limit, set
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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)
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    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  4. verb
    select something or someone for a specific purpose
    synonyms: assign, set apart
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    dedicate
    set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church
    detail
    assign to a specific task
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    choose, pick out, select, take
    pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
  5. verb
    determine the essential quality of
    synonyms: define, delimit, delimitate, delineate
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    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
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  6. verb
    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
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    provide
    determine (what is to happen in certain contingencies), especially by including a proviso condition or stipulation
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    contract, undertake
    enter into a contractual arrangement
  7. verb
    design or destine
    synonyms: designate, destine, intend
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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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