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"specify" in British English

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specifyverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈspes.ɪ.faɪ/
B2 to ​explain or ​describe something ​clearly and ​exactly: He said we should ​meet but didn't specify a ​time. The ​peacetreatyclearly specifies the ​terms for the ​withdrawal of ​troops. [+ question word] The ​newspaperreport 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.

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

"specify" in American English

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specifyverb [T]

 us   /ˈspes·əˌfɑɪ/
to ​state or ​describe something ​clearly and ​exactly: The ​treaty specified ​terms for the ​withdrawal of ​troops. [+ question word] He didn’t specify how much was ​spent on ​advertising.
specifiable
adjective  us   /ˌspes·əˈfɑɪ·ə·bəl/
(Definition of specify from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"specify" in Business English

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specifyverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈspesɪfaɪ/
to ​state or describe something clearly and exactly: He said we should ​meet but didn't specify a ​time. My ​contract specifies that I must give a month's ​notice if I ​leave my ​job. The ​loan must be ​repaid by a specified ​date. The ​land is ​zoned for ​development within a specified ​period of five ​years.
(Definition of specify from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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