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"specification" in British English

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specificationnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˌspes.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ (informal spec)
C1 a ​detaileddescription of how something should be done, made, etc.: All ​products are made ​exactly to the customer's specifications. A specification has been drawn up for the new ​militaryaircraft. a ​job specification The ​cars have been ​built to a high specification (= a high ​standard).
(Definition of specification from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"specification" in American English

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specificationnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˌspes·ə·fɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/ (short form spec)
a ​clear, ​detailedplan or ​description of how something will be made: Specifications have been ​drawn up for the new ​aircraft. The ​house was ​built to the architect’s specifications.
(Definition of specification from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"specification" in Business English

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specificationnoun

uk   us   /ˌspesɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
[C, usually plural] (also informal spec) a detailed description of how something should be done, made, etc.: meet/conform to specifications The ​healthaccounts would have to be used in conjunction with ​insurancepolicies that ​meet specifications set by ​law.specifications for sth We have set rigid specifications for ​customerservice. product/​performance/​design specifications We all need to be ​working from the same set of specifications. Those specs ​cover everything from ​default settings for ​screenresolutions to more ​standard ways to ​work with ​modems.
to specification(s) (also informal to spec(s)) if a ​product is made to specification, it is made exactly as the ​person who ​designed it said it should be made: If the ​project is completed on ​time to specification the ​contractor will ​realize a ​reasonableprofit.make/build sth to (sb's) specification(s) All ​products are made exactly to the customer's specifications.
[U] the ​act of giving detailed ​information about how something should be done: Management made no ​clear specification of the ​size of the ​salesterritory that each ​salesperson was to ​cover.
(Definition of specification from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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