define

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verb de·fine \di-ˈfīn\

Definition of define

defined

;

defining

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to determine or identify the essential qualities or meaning of whatever defines us as humanb :  to discover and set forth the meaning of (as a word) how the dictionary defines “grotesque”c :  to create on a computer define a window define a procedure

  3. 2a :  to fix or mark the limits of :  demarcate rigidly defined property linesb :  to make distinct, clear, or detailed especially in outline the issues aren't too well defined eyes defined by mascara

  4. 3 :  characterize, distinguish you define yourself by the choices you make — Denison Univ. Bull. the moment that defined the campaign

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make a definition (see definition 2b)

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

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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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