Specific - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spəˈsɪfɪk|  American pronunciation of the word specific
Brit.  |spəˈsɪfɪk|  British pronunciation of the word specific

noun

- a fact about some part (as opposed to general) (syn: particular)
- a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease

adjective

- stated explicitly or in detail

Examples

Is there anything specific you want for dinner?

There is a specific word for this kind of feeling.

a bird species that requires a specific environment

We were each given a specific topic to talk about.

The doctor gave the patient specific instructions on how to care for the wound.

Can you be more specific? What exactly did the policeman say?

He gave her a ring—or, to be more specific, he gave her an engagement ring.

She was very specific—you have to use a certain kind of tomato in the sauce.

an education plan specific to each student's interests and abilities

problems specific to this one housing project

...quinine is a specific for malaria...

...although the speech was long on rhetoric and platitudinous generalities, it lacked specifics...

Mr Howarth gave us very specific instructions.

Could you be more specific about what you're looking for?

quinine is a specific for malaria

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