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Definitions for define
dɪˈfaɪnde·fine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitateverb

    determine the essential quality of

  2. defineverb

    give a definition for the meaning of a word

    "Define `sadness'"

  3. defineverb

    determine the nature of

    "What defines a good wine?"

  4. define, delineateverb

    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, limitverb

    decide upon or fix definitely

    "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"

Wiktionary

  1. defineverb

    To determine.

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

  2. defineverb

    To express the essential nature of something.

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

  3. defineverb

    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. defineverb

    To describe, explain, or make definite and clear.

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

  5. defineverb

    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. Defineverb

    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. Defineverb

    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. Defineverb

    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. Defineverb

    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. Defineverb

    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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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. Al Mohler:

    Evangelical Christianity remains a central and vital force in America precisely because it defines Christians who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ and eagerly affirm the authority of the Bible as the Word of God, this latest Pew report points to the continued strength of evangelicalism and the fact that even more Americans define themselves as evangelicals.

  2. Lot Chakonza:

    The way a man handles himself in his anger may define his nobility.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Time is still too complicated for us to comprehend and we cannot define it using our wristwatches, nor by using the big clocks on the wall.

  4. Aldo Bisio:

    Talks to define the business plan of Metroweb Sviluppo are almost finished and envisage 4-5 billion euros of investments to build a network in line with the government's indications.

  5. Clemens Prokop:

    I only know the rumors but I saw that some candidates were liberal with presents, some delegates also said they did not think it was great that Germany wanted to define ethical measures for others.

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