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English definition of “specify”

specify

verb [T]     /ˈspes.ɪ.faɪ/
B2 to explain or describe something clearly and exactly: He said we should meet but didn't specify a time. The peace treaty clearly specifies the terms for the withdrawal of troops. [+ question word] The newspaper report did not specify how the men were killed. [+ (that)] My contract specifies (that) I must give a month's notice if I leave my job. The loan must be repaid within a specified period/by a specified date.Elaborating, specifying and simplifying
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