Definition of define
- whatever defines us as human
- how the dictionary defines "grotesque"
- define a window
- define a procedure
- rigidly defined property lines
- the issues aren't too well defined
- eyes defined by mascara
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.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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