What does define mean?

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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"


  1. define(Verb)

    To determine.

  2. define(Verb)

    To express the essential nature of something.

  3. define(Verb)

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

  4. define(Verb)

    To describe, explain, or make definite and clear.

  5. define(Verb)

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

  6. Origin: 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

  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

  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

  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

  5. Define(verb)

    to determine; to decide

  6. Origin: [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.]

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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  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. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Expectations define achievement.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Define yourself before others do.

  3. Athena Athena:

    The past doesn't define your present.

  4. Yaakov Perry:

    You cannot define it as an organization.

  5. Confucius:

    Study the past if you would define the future.

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