Thesaurus

define

verb

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 

Learn More About define

Time Traveler for define

Time Traveler

The first known use of define was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Thesaurus Entries Near define

definable

define

defined

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Define.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/define. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on define

Nglish: Translation of define for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of define for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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