Meaning of “specify” in the English Dictionary

"specify" in British English

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specifyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈspes.ɪ.faɪ/ us /ˈspes.ə.faɪ/

B2 to explain or describe something clearly and exactly:

He said we should meet but didn't specify a time.
The peace treaty clearly specifies the terms for the withdrawal of troops.
[ + question word ] The newspaper report 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 /ˈspesɪfaɪ/ us

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)