Synonyms of define

1 to draw or make apparent the outline of
  • the glass skyscraper's sleek silhouette was strikingly defined by the setting sun to its west

Synonyms for define

Words Related to define

2 to mark the limits of
  • the river defines the town on the south

Synonyms for define

Words Related to define

3 to point out the chief quality or qualities of an individual or group
  • a woman who is defined by her unswerving loyalty to her friends

Synonyms for define

Words Related to define

4 to give the rules about (something) clearly and exactly
  • let me define the task so that there is no doubt in your minds about what needs to be done

Synonyms for define

Words Related to define

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on define

Dictionary: Definition of define

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with define

Spanish Central: Translation of define

Nglish: Translation of define for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of define for Arabic Speakers

Comments on define

What made you want to look up define? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something of little or no value

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!