mean vs specify

specify vs mean

mean is a noun but specify is not a noun.

mean is an adjective but specify is not an adjective.

mean and specify both are verbs.

Word NounAdjectiveVerbAdverb
mean Yes Yes Yes No
specify No No Yes No
As verbs, specify is a hypernym of mean; that is, specify is a word with a broader meaning than mean:
  • mean: destine or designate for a certain purpose
  • specify: design or destine
Other hypernyms of mean include designate, destine, intend.
mean (noun) specify (noun)
an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n
mean (adjective) specify (adjective)
of no value or worth
having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
characterized by malice
approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
marked by poverty befitting a beggar
(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
very good; of the highest quality
mean (verb) specify (verb)
have in mind as a purpose design or destine
intend to refer to define clearly
destine or designate for a certain purpose select something or someone for a specific purpose
mean or intend to express or convey be specific about
denote or connote decide upon or fix definitely
have as a logical consequence specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement
have a specified degree of importance determine the essential quality of
Difference between mean and specify

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