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Specify – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is:



  • The forms of this word that you need are specify, specific, specification, specifiable and specifically
  • It is a useful academic word not least because its meaning is “precise” and being precise is part of the academic process
  • Some useful phrases and collocations include


specific instructions

the specifics of something 9the details)

a job specification (what you have to do at work)

the specifications of something (eg a building or a project)

specify the details of something

Test yourself


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One Response to Specify – IELTS word of the day

  1. seatrah August 15, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Oh,what a difficult word.It was the first time I couldn’t understand which one is noun or adjective.

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