Definition of definite
1 : having distinct or certain limits <set definite standards for pupils to meet> < … the side striking the new coin is flattened and less definite. — Jed Stevenson>
2a : free of all ambiguity, uncertainty, or obscurity <demanded a definite answer> <Her position on the issue was definite.>b : unquestionable, decided <the quarterback was a definite hero today> <a definite masterpiece> <saw a definite improvement in her grades>
3 grammar : typically designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing <the definite article the>
4a of floral organs : being constant in number, usually less than 20, and occurring in multiples of the petal number <stamens definite>b : cymose <a definite inflorescence>
Examples of definite in a sentence
We'll need a definite answer by Tuesday.
The answer is a definite no.
I don't know anything definite yet.
The teacher sets definite standards for her students.
She seems to be pretty definite about leaving.
I am definite that we will win.
Spelling: It's definite NOT definate
This word can be tricky to spell because its last syllable has that amorphous schwa sound as its vowel.
To remember that the word ends in ite and not ate you can think of a few things:
The word definite doesn't go on forever; it's finite. (Get it? deFINITE.)
The etymology of definite can also be useful in remembering the word's spelling. Definite traces back to the Latin word finire meaning "to limit, end, FINISH." Connect finish to definite and voilà: you can definitely spell definite correctly.
Origin and Etymology of definite
Latin definitus, past participle of definire —see define
First Known Use: 1553
Synonym Discussion of definite
DEFINITE Defined for Kids
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