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Definition of 'specify'

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  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"
       Synonyms: stipulate qualify condition
  2. determine the essential quality of
       Synonyms: define delineate delimit delimitate
  3. decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
       Synonyms: set determine fix limit
  4. be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"
       Synonyms: particularize particularise specialize specialise
       Antonyms: generalize generalise
  5. define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
       Synonyms: pin down peg down nail down narrow down narrow
  6. design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
       Synonyms: intend destine designate
  7. select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
       Synonyms: assign set apart

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