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 for specify
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Specify \Spec"i*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Specified; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Specifying.] [F. sp['e]cifier, or OF. especifier,
     fr. LL. specificare. See Species, -fy.]
     To mention or name, as a particular thing; to designate in
     words so as to distinguish from other things; as, to specify
     the uses of a plant; to specify articles purchased.
     [1913 Webster]
           He has there given us an exact geography of Greece,
           where the countries and the uses of their soils are
           specified.                               --Pope.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or
           agreement; make an express demand or provision in an
           agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the
           house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates
           the dates of the payments" [syn: stipulate, qualify,
           condition, specify]
      2: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify
         the parameters" [syn: specify, set, determine,
         define, fix, limit]
      3: determine the essential quality of [syn: specify, define,
         delineate, delimit, delimitate]
      4: be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism
         of my paper?" [syn: specify, particularize,
         particularise, specialize, specialise] [ant:
         generalise, generalize]
      5: define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this
         game" [syn: pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow
         down, narrow, specify]
      6: design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
         [syn: intend, destine, designate, specify]
      7: select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The
         teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise"
         [syn: assign, specify, set apart]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  98 Moby Thesaurus words for "specify":
     address to, adduce, advert to, allude to, anatomize, assign,
     atomize, baptize, be taken as, bound, bring to attention,
     bring to notice, call, call attention to, christen, circle in,
     circumscribe, circumstantiate, cite, condition, define, delimit,
     delimitate, delineate, demarcate, denominate, denote,
     descend to particulars, designate, detail, determine,
     direct attention to, direct to, document, dub, emblematize,
     enclose, enter into detail, entitle, enumerate, establish, figure,
     finger, fix, focus on, give full particulars, identify, indicate,
     individualize, instance, inventory, itemize, label, lay off, limit,
     list, mark, mark boundaries, mark off, mark out,
     mark the periphery, mention, name, nickname, nominate,
     particularize, pick out, pin down, point at, point out, point to,
     precise, refer to, rope off, select, set, set forth, set out,
     set the limit, settle, signify, specialize, spell out, stake out,
     stand for, state, stigmatize, stipulate, style, substantiate,
     surround, symbol, symbolize, tag, term, title, touch on, typify

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