Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: adjective

Definitions: (adjective) If something is specific, it is detailed, clear, and limited. (adjective) A specific idea, person, group etc. is the one that is of interest, or when someone knows exactly which one they’re talking about.

Examples: (adjective) First I will talk about farming in general, and then I will talk about the specific problems of wheat farming. (adjective) Last time, he was happy to do anything, but feels this time he has to be more specific. (adjective) The interviewer uses a checklist to make sure that specific areas are covered.

Synonyms: adjectives: particular, definite, precise.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 1 A