spec Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “spec” in the English Dictionary

"spec" in British English

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uk   us   /spek/ informal
[C] informal for specification (= a ​detaileddescription of how something should be or has been done, made, etc.): The ​articlecompares the specs of ten of the ​best-sellingcars.
on spec taking a ​chance, without being ​sure that you will get what you ​want: We just ​turned up at the ​airport on spec, ​hoping that we'd be ​able to get ​tickets. You could always ​sendyour CV to a few ​companies on spec.
(Definition of spec from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spec" in American English

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specnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /spek/
short form of specification : We’re ​drawing up the specs for ​your new ​bathroom this ​week.
(Definition of spec from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"spec" in Business English

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specnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /spek/ (US also specs [plural])
informal abbreviation for specification : Always ​look at the car's spec before you ​sign a ​contract.high/basic spec The PC with the most basic spec is the ​cheapest. How much does it ​cost to continue retooling a mold when a ​customerkeepschanging design specs?
on spec taking a chance, without being sure that you will get what you want: The ​buildersbuilt homes on spec - ​prior to ​finding a ​buyer.
(Definition of spec from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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