Spec·i·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Specified p. pr. & vb. n. Specifying ] 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.
v 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,
2: determine the essential quality of [syn: define, delineate,
3: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify
the parameters" [syn: set, determine, fix, limit]
4: be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism
of my paper?" [syn: particularize, particularise, specialize,
specialise] [ant: generalize]
5: define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this
game" [syn: pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow
6: design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
[syn: intend, destine, designate]
7: select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The
teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the
exercise" [syn: assign, set apart]