tr.v. spec·i·fied, spec·i·fy·ing, spec·i·fies
1. To state explicitly or in detail: specified the amount needed; specified what was wrong with the program.
2. To include in a specification.
3. To determine or bring about (a specific result): a gene that specifies the synthesis of a single protein.
[Middle English specifien, from Old French specifier, from Medieval Latin specificāre, from specificus, specific; see SPECIFIC.]
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