define

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verb de·fine \di-ˈfīn\

Definition of define

defined

defining

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 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>

  4. 3 :  characterize, distinguish <you define yourself by the choices you make — Denison University Bulletin>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make a definition

definement

play \-ˈfīn-mənt\ noun

definer

play \-ˈfī-nər\ noun

Examples of define in a sentence

  1. a term that is difficult to define

  2. The government study seeks to define urban poverty.

  3. Her book aims to define acceptable social behavior.

  4. She believes that success should be defined in terms of health and happiness.

  5. 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



DEFINE Defined for English Language Learners

define

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verb de·fine \di-ˈfīn\

Definition of define for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DEFINE Defined for Kids

define

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verb de·fine \di-ˈfīn\

Definition of define for Students

defined

defining

  1. 1 :  to explain the meaning of <define a word>

  2. 2 :  to make clear especially in outline <Your responsibilities are defined in the handout.>



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