Definition of define
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
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
: to make a definition (see definition 2b)
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
DEFINE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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