Meaning of “specific” in the English Dictionary

"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 virus attacks specific cells in the brain.
The money is intended to be used for specific purposes.
formal The disease seems to be specific to (= only found in) certain types 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 virus attacks 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 /spəˈsɪfɪk/ us

relating to one particular thing and not others:

A specific provision in the agreement stated that research materials should not be used for commercial purposes.

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)