Antonyms of verb specify

1 of 7 senses of specify

Sense 4
specify, particularize, particularise, specialize, specialise -- (be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?")
       Antonym of generalize (Sense 2)
      => generalize, generalise -- (speak or write in generalities)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb specify

7 senses of specify

Sense 1
stipulate, qualify, condition, specify -- (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")
       => contract, undertake -- (enter into a contractual arrangement)

Sense 2
specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit -- (decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters")
       => choose, take, select, pick out -- (pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her")

Sense 3
specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitate -- (determine the essential quality of)
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 4
specify, particularize, particularise, specialize, specialise -- (be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?")
       => elaborate, lucubrate, expatiate, exposit, enlarge, flesh out, expand, expound, dilate -- (add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation")

Sense 5
pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, narrow, specify -- (define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game")
       => determine -- (fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; "the tree determines the border of the property")

Sense 6
intend, destine, designate, specify -- (design or destine; "She was intended to become the director")
       => plan -- (make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his family")

Sense 7
assign, specify, set apart -- (select something or someone for a specific purpose; "The teacher assigned him to lead his classmates in the exercise")
       => choose, take, select, pick out -- (pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her")

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