Simple Definition of define
: to explain the meaning of (a word, phrase, etc.)
: to show or describe (someone or something) clearly and completely
: to show the shape, outline, or edge of (something) very clearly
Full Definition of define
1 a : to determine or identify the essential qualities or meaning of <whatever defines us as human> b : to discover and set forth the meaning of (as a word) c : to create on a computer <define a window> <define a procedure>
2 a : to fix or mark the limits of : demarcate <rigidly defined property lines> b : to make distinct, clear, or detailed especially in outline <the issues aren't too well defined>
: to make a definition
definementplay \-ˈfīn-mənt\ noun
definerplay \-ˈfī-nər\ noun
Examples of define in a sentence
a term that is difficult to define
The government study seeks to define urban poverty.
Her book aims to define acceptable social behavior.
She believes that success should be defined in terms of health and happiness.
That fence defines the far edge of the property.
Origin and Etymology of define
Middle English, from Latin definire, from de- + finire to limit, end, from finis boundary, end
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of define for Students
1 : to explain the meaning of <define a word>
2 : to make clear especially in outline <Your responsibilities are defined in the handout.>
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