Specify

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Specify \Spec"i*fy\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Specified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Specifying}.] [F. sp['e]cifier, or OF. especifier, fr. LL. specificare. See {Species}, {-fy}.] To mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in words so as to distinguish from other things; as, to specify the uses of a plant; to specify articles purchased.

He has there given us an exact geography of Greece, where the countries and the uses of their soils are specified. --Pope.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

specify

verb

1: specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the dates of the payments" [syn: {stipulate}, {qualify}, {condition}, {specify}]

2: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: {specify}, {set}, {determine}, {define}, {fix}, {limit}]

3: determine the essential quality of [syn: {specify}, {define}, {delineate}, {delimit}, {delimitate}]

4: be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?" [syn: {specify}, {particularize}, {particularise}, {specialize}, {specialise}] [ant: {generalise}, {generalize}]

5: define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game" [syn: {pin down}, {peg down}, {nail down}, {narrow down}, {narrow}, {specify}]

6: design or destine; "She was intended to become the director" [syn: {intend}, {destine}, {designate}, {specify}]

7: select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise" [syn: {assign}, {specify}, {set apart}]


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