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

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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. Jukka Oksaharju:

    The company has reacted belatedly with its efficiency programmes ... It would be a lot easier for Posti to define its focus in a credible way if it was in private hands.

  2. Alan Dershowitz:

    Its not, its not, the question is how you define corrupt, and my argument was theres a big difference between taking a bribe -- I gave an example right on the floor of The Senate. If the president said, Im not giving you your money, Im withholding the money unless you let me build a hotel and have my name on it or give me a million-dollar kickback.Thats corrupt. Thats clear.

  3. Vikrant Parsai:

    God gave you life not for how you define him but he wants to see that how you can define yourself.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Falibilidad se define simplemente como estado de ser capaces de cometer errores o estar mal a veces. permíteme decirte esto, cada ser humano es falible naturalmente. ¡sí! has oído bien, como de costumbre, cada ser humano está sujeto a errores o errores, incluso el mismo Papa es falible naturalmente. aunque, que es ampliamente considerado como infalible de acuerdo con el dogma de la Iglesia Católica Romana. pero vamos, es el Papa (a) católica? sin embargo, es la ilusión a considerar a nadie como infalible. Quiero decir, todo el que se refiere a cualquier humano como incapaces de cometer errores o estar equivocado no es más que engañosa. además, sea quien dice ser infalible nunca ha probado algo nuevo antes y es sólo un cobarde que es a menudo reacios a probar algo nuevo, sólo por miedo al fracaso o errores. vamos, es el Papa (a) católica? además, en caso de que no lo sé, Dios Todopoderoso es el único que está siempre infalible. aparte de él (Dios Todopoderoso) ninguna otra persona es infalible natural, independientemente de profesores de renombre mundial. de todos modos, no me cites derecha o bien se puede decir lo digo yo QED.

  5. Cory Byzewski:

    It's such an emerging space that it's way too early to define the winners and losers.

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