AskDefine | Define stipulate

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1 specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the dates of the payments" [syn: qualify, condition, specify]
2 give a guarantee or promise of; "They stipulated to release all the prisoners"
3 make an oral contract or agreement in the verbal form of question and answer that is necessary to give it legal force

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Pronunciation 1

  • /ˈstɪpjuˌleɪt/ or /ˈstɪpjəˌleɪt/


  1. To require (something) as a condition of a contract or agreement
  2. To specify, promise or guarantee something in an agreement
  3. To acknowledge the truth of; not to challenge.


To require (something) as a condition of a contract or agreement
To specify, promise or guarantee something in an agreement

Pronunciation 2

  • /ˈstɪpjələt/


  1. In the context of "botany": Having stipules



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, stipulare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, stipulare#Italian|stipulare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

agree, agree to, assign, attach a condition, bargain, bargain for, call for, compact, condition, contend for, contract, covenant, demand, denominate, designate, detail, determine, do a deal, engage, fight for, fix, guarantee, have a catch, have a joker, indicate, insist on, insist upon, make a deal, make conditional, make contingent, make reservations, mark, mention, name, particularize, pick out, pin down, point out, promise, provide, provide for, qualify, require, select, set, set conditions, set forth, set terms, signify, specialize, specifically provide, specify, state, stickle for, stipulate for, strive for, struggle for, undertake, vie for, warrant
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