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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.

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