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"specific" in British English

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specificadjective

uk   /spəˈsɪf.ɪk/  us   /spəˈsɪf.ɪk/
  • specific adjective (PARTICULAR)

B2 relating to one thing and not ​others; ​particular: The ​virusattacks specific ​cells in the ​brain. The ​money is ​intended to be used for specific ​purposes.formal The ​diseaseseems to be specific to (= only ​found in)certaintypes of ​plant. Is there anything specific you ​want from the ​shops?

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(Definition of specific from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"specific" in American English

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specificadjective

 us   /spɪˈsɪf·ɪk/
  • specific adjective (PARTICULAR)

relating to one thing and not ​others; ​particular: The ​virusattacks specific ​cells in the ​body. The ​meeting is for the specific ​purpose of ​discussing the ​merger.
  • specific adjective (EXACT)

clear and ​exact: The ​report makes specific ​recommendations. Can you be more specific?
(Definition of specific from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"specific" in Business English

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specificadjective

uk   us   /spəˈsɪfɪk/
relating to one particular thing and not others: A specific ​provision in the ​agreementstated that ​researchmaterials should not be used for ​commercialpurposes.
clear and ​exact: He wouldn't give a specific ​estimate of how much the ​company would make.
(Definition of specific from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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