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English verb: specify

1. specify (communication) specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement

SamplesThe will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life.
The contract stipulates the dates of the payments.

Synonymscondition, qualify, stipulate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)contract, undertake

Narrower (hyponym)provide

Verb groupstipulate

2. specify (communication) decide upon or fix definitely

SamplesFix the variables.
Specify the parameters.

Synonymsdefine, determine, fix, limit, set

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take

Narrower (hyponym)define, name, quantify, reset

3. specify (stative) determine the essential quality of

Synonymsdefine, delimit, delimitate, delineate

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)determine, redefine

4. specify (communication) be specific about

SamplesCould you please specify your criticism of my paper?.

ExamplesThey specify that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsparticularise, particularize, specialise, specialize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate

Narrower (hyponym)spell out

Antonymsgeneralise, generalize

5. specify (cognition) define clearly

SamplesI cannot narrow down the rules for this game.

Synonymsnail down, narrow, narrow down, peg down, pin down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)determine

Narrower (hyponym)concretize

6. specify (cognition) design or destine

SamplesShe was intended to become the director.

Synonymsdesignate, destine, intend

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)plan

Narrower (hyponym)aim, calculate, design, direct, mean, slate

7. specify (cognition) select something or someone for a specific purpose

SamplesThe teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise.

Synonymsassign, set apart

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take

Narrower (hyponym)dedicate, detail

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