American English

Definition of specific adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1detailed and exact synonym precise I gave you specific instructions. “I'd like your help tomorrow.” “Can you be more specific (= tell me exactly what you want)?”
  2. 2[usually before noun] connected with one particular thing only synonym particular children's television programs aimed at a specific age group The money was collected for a specific purpose. children with specific learning difficulties (= in one area only)
  3. 3specific to something (formal) existing only in one place or limited to one thing synonym peculiar a belief that is specific to this part of Africa
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: specific