Detail and Specify


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Detail verb – Assign to a specific task.
Usage example: The ambulances were detailed to the fire station

Specify is a synonym for detail in specific topic. In some cases you can use "Specify" instead a verb "Detail", when it comes to topics like list, identify.
Nearby Words: detailed, detailing
Synonyms for Detail


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Specify verb – To give the rules about (something) clearly and exactly.
Detail is a synonym for specify in state topic. You can use "Detail" instead a verb "Specify", if it concerns topics such as specific, designate.
Nearby Words: specific, specification, specified, specifying, specifier
Synonyms for Specify

Common collocations

number detail number specify number
period detail period specify period
points detail points specify points

Both words in one sentence

  • Literature / Little Red Riding Hood The color of the girl's hood is usually given some significance — even though subsequent collection of French folk tales found that it was a detail that Perrault added; the folk tales do not specify the color of the hood.
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