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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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. Robert Hannigan:

    Legislation is a blunt last resort because frankly extremism is very difficult to define in law and you could spend all your time in court arguing about whether a particular video crosses the line or not.

  2. Cardinal John Newman:

    Half the controversies in the world are verbal ones; and could they be brought to a plain issue they would be brought to a prompt termination. Parties engaged in them would then perceive either that in substance they agreed together, or that their difference was one of first principles. We need not dispute, we need not prove, we need but define. At all events, let us, if we can, do this first of all and then see who are left for us to dispute; what is left for us to prove.

  3. Donald Trump:

    -- a move that his lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has long insisted is the main reason why the President shouldn't even consider sitting down with Robert Mueller. But what President Donald Trump is describing above isn't a perjury trap at all.Read MoreLet's define the term first : A perjury trap is when a prosecutor asks questions of a witness knowing that witness will lie. In order to lure someone into a perjury trap, you have to know two things beyond any doubt : 1) The facts behind the question and 2) That the person you are asking the question of is going to lie about the facts.It's not at all clear that's what would be going on with a Mueller-Trump sit-down -- on matters related to Comey or anything else. And in fact, the scenario President Donald Trump lays out isn't even close to a perjury trap. Instead it's a.

  4. William Ruckelshaus:

    When you accept a presidential appointment, you must remind yourself there are lines over which you will not step — lines impossible to define in advance but nevertheless always present, in this case, the line was bright and the decision was simple.

  5. Jennifer Louden:

    I define comfort as self-acceptance. When we finally learn that self-care begins and ends with ourselves, we no longer demand sustenance and happiness from others.

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