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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]
2 determine the essential quality of [syn: define, delineate, delimit, delimitate]
3 decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: set, determine, fix, limit]
4 be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?" [syn: particularize, particularise, specialize, specialise] [ant: generalize]
5 define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game" [syn: pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, narrow]
6 design or destine; "She was intended to become the director" [syn: intend, destine, designate]
7 select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise" [syn: assign, set apart] [also: specified]

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  1. To state explicitly, or in detail, or as a condition.
  2. To include in a specification.
  3. To bring about a specific result.

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To state explicitly, in detail, or as a condition
To include in a specification
To bring about a specific result
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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