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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: specifier, from Late Latin specificare, from specificus; SPECIFIC1

specify

verb
     
spe‧ci‧fy W3 past tense and past participle specified, present participle specifying, third person singular specifies [transitive]
to state something in an exact and detailed way:
Payments will be made for a specified number of months.
specify who/what/how etc
Regulations specify how long maintenance crews can work.
specify that
The rules clearly specify that competitors must not accept payment.

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