Definition of specify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

specify

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈspesɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspesɪfaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they specify
BrE BrE//ˈspesɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspesɪfaɪ//
 
he / she / it specifies
BrE BrE//ˈspesɪfaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspesɪfaɪz//
 
past simple specified
BrE BrE//ˈspesɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspesɪfaɪd//
 
past participle specified
BrE BrE//ˈspesɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspesɪfaɪd//
 
-ing form specifying
BrE BrE//ˈspesɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspesɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
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to state something, especially by giving an exact measurement, time, exact instructions, etc. specify something Remember to specify your size when ordering clothes. Forms must be returned by the specified date. specify who, what, etc… The contract clearly specifies who can operate the machinery. specify that… The regulations specify that calculators may not be used in the examination. See related entries: Experiments and research Word Origin Middle English: from Old French specifier or late Latin specificare, from Latin species ‘appearance, form, beauty’, from specere ‘to look’.Extra examples Each computer is uniquely specified by its serial number. It should be possible to specify the range of values of ξ which would satisfy this equation. She did not specify precisely how many people were involved in the incident. Unless otherwise specified, all fields have a maximum length of 20 characters.
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