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Definitions of define

  1. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or country. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the defining power of an optical instrument. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To determine the precise signification of; to fix the meaning of; to describe accurately; to explain; to expound or interpret; as, to define a word, a phrase, or a scientific term. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To state the exact meaning of; to explain; to fix the limits of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To determine; to decide. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. delineate the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define `sadness'" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. To state the meaning of; explain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To ascertain or fix the limits; to explain the exact meaning of a word or term; to explain the distinctive properties, &c., of a thing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. Definer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for define

  1. Without being able definitely to define it there was in the hearts of men a sense of need of some clear word of guiding, and in this crisis of Canadian history the churches of Canada were not found wanting. – The Major by Ralph Connor
  2. Will you please define good behaviour? – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim