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. Aly Raisman:

    I would like to remind everyone that being a survivor is nothing to be ashamed of, and going through a hard time does not define you, i hope that we can one day get to a point where everyone realizes that women do not have to be modest to be respected. We are free to draw confidence and happiness in our own way, and it is never for someone else to choose for us or to even judge us for that matter.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The severe defeat and collapse of time and life define such a context that you receive nothing, except self-harming and self-disgrace; indeed, it is a task of fools and morally dead ones.

  3. Brandon A. Trean:

    Your standards in life will define the kind of life you end up living.

  4. The Omani Shed:

    Life is a journey we embark on, some find it easy and some find it rocky only faith can define your accomplishment.

  5. El Feki:

    In the Arab region ... men are seen as financial providers and supporters -- this is how they define themselves, if men define themselves within that (economic) context and you take that self-identity away from them it becomes very difficult for them to find another role.

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