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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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