Definition of specify in English:

specify

verb

[with object]
  • 1Identify clearly and definitely.

    ‘the coup leader promised an election but did not specify a date’
    • ‘No construction start date is specified in the contract.’
    • ‘Can I speak in support of the original date specified by your Honour as 9 February.’
    • ‘The Secretary of State must identify and specify the relevant law of the United Kingdom.’
    • ‘These characteristics clearly cannot be understood as specifying strict criteria for addiction.’
    • ‘Plans did not specify the identity of any tenants in the proposed project.’
    • ‘Two additional questions asked students to identify other factors they found to be motivational and specify classroom experiences that did not motivate them.’
    • ‘The identity of a marketing firm must be specified to consumers.’
    • ‘Must the Court specify a new date for the resumed hearing?’
    • ‘No accounts specify dates for the relocation.’
    • ‘Where a cheque or bill is payable to order, it must specify the identity of the payee with reasonable certainty.’
    • ‘The actual content to be published has to be clearly specified.’
    • ‘No date has been specified.’
    • ‘You can specify the date or the day of the week that you'd prefer to have the message delivered.’
    • ‘The Claimant is not able to specify the identity of the items ordered for each of the sales listed.’
    • ‘These definitions are used to specify different styles.’
    • ‘If a later date is specified then it is the continuation tenancy which is to come to an end on that date.’
    • ‘Information cannot be identified or measured unless a certain mechanism is specified.’
    • ‘All warrants have a specified expiry date.’
    • ‘This had enabled me to specify the exact date I needed to go back to.’
    • ‘Accommodations must be used on dates specified by Sponsors.’
    state, name, identify, define, describe, set out, set down, draw up, frame, itemize, designate, detail, list, spell out, enumerate, particularize, catalogue, cite, instance, be specific about
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    1. 1.1with clause State a fact or requirement clearly and precisely.
      ‘the agency failed to specify that the workers were not their employees’
      • ‘Many election regulations specify that a recount must be performed in the same manner as the original election.’
      • ‘Make sure you specify that the extra payment should be applied to the principal on your mortgage.’
      • ‘An e-mail messaging solution might specify that e-mails more than 60 days old must be moved.’
      • ‘Derricke goes out of his way to specify that his quarrel is not with them.’
      • ‘Building codes in your area may specify that only a licensed professional can do certain work.’
      • ‘If you are in the process of ordering a new door, you can specify that it come predrilled for a deadbolt.’
      • ‘Requirements specify that the piece is to be written for percussion duo.’
      • ‘They can specify that at the interview stage.’
      • ‘I forgot to specify that in my description.’
      • ‘The recipient can accept and specify that the allocator gets two dollars.’
      • ‘For child safety, building codes specify that balusters must be spaced less than 4 inches apart.’
      • ‘It does not specify that a society must establish a system of state-funded education.’
      • ‘When you order your chicks, specify that you want all females.’
      • ‘I endeavour to specify that which has changed and, by extension, that which has not.’
      • ‘Please specify that you want dividends reinvested in fund shares.’
      • ‘You can give to a community foundation in your town or area and specify that your cash go only to charities or events that help support a specific cause.’
      • ‘Some programs give you the option to specify that ‘All’ or ‘Some’ users have access to a program.’
      • ‘The conditioner should specify that it is for oily hair.’
      • ‘Regulations may specify that certain details must be given every time a person is offering an extended warranty to a consumer.’
      • ‘Many staff jobs for sub-editors specify that they don't want writers.’
    2. 1.2 Include in an architect's or engineer's specifications.
      ‘naval architects specified circular portholes’
      • ‘Architects are eager to specify the material and experts recognize it as a mark of quality.’
      • ‘Astructural engineer may specify a beam one size larger than necessary to provide a little extra insurance against litigation problems down the road.’
      • ‘One easy way architects can reduce embodied energy is to specify local materials.’
      • ‘The architect did specify weir overflows.’
      • ‘The material is specified by architects because of its clarity, sturdiness, and resistance to sound and heat transmission.’
      • ‘When architects design buildings and specify construction materials, they are responsible for that building's energy consumption pattern for its lifetime.’
      • ‘Duties included specifying the materials to be used in the construction and fitting out of the factory.’
      • ‘The middle level is where the engineers specify models that map onto electrical and electronic components.’
      • ‘Architects may be inviting trouble when they indiscriminately specify clear waterproofing on all newly built, newly cleaned walls.’
      • ‘Do you put up with an architect who specifies beams in places that get in the way of your intended use of the building?’
      • ‘The material might be specified on your plans by an engineer or an architect, or they may be specifically listed in the building codes.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French specifier or late Latin specificare (see specific).

Pronunciation

specify

/ˈspɛsɪfʌɪ/