- to state or set forth the meaning of (a word, phrase, etc.): They disagreed on how to define “liberal.”
- to explain or identify the nature or essential qualities of; describe: to define judicial functions.
- to fix or lay down clearly and definitely; specify distinctly: to define one's responsibilities.
- to determine or fix the boundaries or extent of: to define property with stakes.
- to make clear the outline or form of: The roof was boldly defined against the sky.
- to set forth the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.; construct a definition.
Origin of define
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Examples from the Web for redefine
There is no better way to redefine your image than to undergo a religious conversion.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
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The powers of office are such that presidents can often use events to redefine, even reinvent, themselves.Exposed: The White House’s Professor-in-Chief
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The suggestion is just one of several recommendations in the 25-page report, which aims to redefine how the world sees drugs.World Leaders' Proposal for Winning the War on Drugs: Legalize It!
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But if they get to redefine what “human rights” even means, then they might suddenly look like Amnesty International.At the United Nations, It’s Human Rights, Putin-Style
June 26, 2014
Luckily for Hillary, Bill is already on the case, as he actively seeks to redefine progressive, much as he once redefined “is.”Why New York—and Bill de Blasio—May Haunt Hillary Clinton in a 2016 Campaign
June 2, 2014
NATO, struggling to redefine itself and perpetuate its totally superfluous existence.After the Rain
They're concerned about unethical conduct by public officials, and discouraged by activist courts that try to redefine marriage.
The individual, activated in a given situation by opposing tendencies, is compelled to redefine his attitude.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
Before these limits could be breached a new administration would have to redefine the scope of the Defense Department's power.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965
Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
You may soften—efface—retouch—rebite—dot, and hatch, and redefine.On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)
- to define (something) again or differently
- to state precisely the meaning of (words, terms, etc)
- to describe the nature, properties, or essential qualities of
- to determine the boundary or extent of
- (often passive) to delineate the form or outline ofthe shape of the tree was clearly defined by the light behind it
- to fix with precision; specify
C14: from Old French definer to determine, from Latin dēfīnīre to set bounds to, from fīnīre to finish
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Word Origin and History for redefine
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