[ spes-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈspɛs əˌfaɪ /

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 specyfyen < Old French specifier < Medieval Latin specificāre. See specific, -fy


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British Dictionary definitions for specify

/ (ˈspɛsɪˌfaɪ) /

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

to refer to or state specifically
to state as a condition
to state or include in the specification of

Derived forms of specify

specificative (ˈspɛsɪfɪˌkeɪtɪv), adjective specifier, noun

Word Origin for specify

C13: from Medieval Latin specificāre to describe