specific Definition

  • 1clearly defined or identified
  • 2stated explicitly or in detail
  • 3pertaining to a particular individual, situation, or thing

Using specific: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "specific" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Can you be more specific about what you need?

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    The instructions were very specific and easy to follow.

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    I have a specific plan in mind for the project.

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    The medicine is designed to target specific areas of the body.

specific Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for specific

Phrases with specific

  • the ratio of the density of a substance to the density of a reference substance, usually water


    The specific gravity of gold is 19.3.

  • the amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of a substance by a certain amount


    The specific heat of water is 1 calorie per gram per degree Celsius.

  • an intense and irrational fear of a specific object or situation


    She has a specific phobia of spiders.

Origins of specific

from Latin 'specificus', meaning 'constituting a kind or sort'


Summary: specific in Brief

The term 'specific' [spəˈsɪfɪk] refers to something that is clearly defined, stated explicitly, or pertaining to a particular individual, situation, or thing. It can be used to describe instructions, plans, or medicine that targets specific areas of the body. 'Specific' also extends into phrases like 'specific gravity' and 'specific heat,' which refer to scientific measurements.

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