What does define mean?

Definitions for define
dɪˈfaɪnde·fine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitate(verb)

    determine the essential quality of

  2. define(verb)

    give a definition for the meaning of a word

    "Define `sadness'"

  3. define(verb)

    determine the nature of

    "What defines a good wine?"

  4. define, delineate(verb)

    show the form or outline of

    "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"

  5. specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit(verb)

    decide upon or fix definitely

    "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"

Wiktionary

  1. define(Verb)

    To determine.

    Etymology: From definen, from definer, variant of definir, from definio, from de + finio

  2. define(Verb)

    To express the essential nature of something.

    Etymology: From definen, from definer, variant of definir, from definio, from de + finio

  3. define(Verb)

    To state the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol.

    Etymology: From definen, from definer, variant of definir, from definio, from de + finio

  4. define(Verb)

    To describe, explain, or make definite and clear.

    Etymology: From definen, from definer, variant of definir, from definio, from de + finio

  5. define(Verb)

    To demark sharply the outlines or limits of an area or concept.

    Etymology: From definen, from definer, variant of definir, from definio, from de + finio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Define(verb)

    to fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end

    Etymology: [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F. dfinir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- + finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See Final, Finish.]

  2. Define(verb)

    to determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or country

    Etymology: [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F. dfinir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- + finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See Final, Finish.]

  3. Define(verb)

    to determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the defining power of an optical instrument

    Etymology: [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F. dfinir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- + finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See Final, Finish.]

  4. Define(verb)

    to determine the precise signification of; to fix the meaning of; to describe accurately; to explain; to expound or interpret; as, to define a word, a phrase, or a scientific term

    Etymology: [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F. dfinir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- + finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See Final, Finish.]

  5. Define(verb)

    to determine; to decide

    Etymology: [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F. dfinir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- + finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See Final, Finish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Define

    de-fīn′, v.t. to fix the bounds or limits of: to determine with precision: to describe accurately: to fix the meaning of.—adj. Defin′able, that may be defined.—n. Define′ment (Shak.), description.—adj. Def′inite, defined: having distinct limits: fixed: exact: clear.—adv. Def′initely.—ns. Def′initeness; Defini′tion, a defining: a description of a thing by its properties: an explanation of the exact meaning of a word, term, or phrase.—adj. Defin′itive, defining or limiting: positive: final.—n. (gram.) an adjective used to limit the signification of a noun.—adv. Defin′itively.—ns. Defin′itiveness; Defin′itude, definitiveness. [Fr.,—L. definīre, -ītum, to set bounds to—de, finis, a limit.]

Editors Contribution

  1. define

    To create a definition for the meaning of a word.

    She did always define things simply and clearly.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  
  2. define

    To create an accurate and exact definition, meaning, term or reason.

    They did define the constitution easily and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  
  3. define

    To create perfect, easy, accurate, specific, simple and just budgets, goals, law, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategy, structures, systems, vision and treaties.

    The business management team had a team meeting for a complete working day to work together to create the business vision, goals, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, action.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 26, 2020  
  4. define

    To create specific, accurate, simple and just eligibility criteria, employees, expenditure, funding, guidelines, income, IT systems, liquidity, management, policies, resources and technology.

    The business management team had a team meeting for a complete working day to work together to create the business vision, goals, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, action.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 26, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'define' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3960

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'define' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3382

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'define' in Verbs Frequency: #239

How to pronounce define?

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How to say define in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of define in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of define in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of define in a Sentence

  1. Joko Widodo:

    Climate change and environmental challenges will define this century.

  2. Chuck Peters:

    Our communities don’t need a new mobile application, website, newspaper or television broadcast. They need the ability to define the critical issues in the community, connect with those who care about those issues and have a trusted source of information about the issues.

  3. State John Kerry:

    I don't have specific expectations except to try to move things forward, that will depend on the conversations themselves as to what it is that we're able to define in the context of steps that might be taken so people understand that in fact leaders are leading and making a serious effort to try and resolve the current ... conflict.

  4. Scott Walker:

    As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.

  5. Javier Jimenez:

    We have to define a policy so that within six years there is the possibility of 5G across the whole country.

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