- 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 redefined
And yet our country has redefined citizenship in some extraordinary ways since its inception.The Progressive Case Against Birthright Citizenship
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She not only adapted, she redefined what it meant to be First Lady.Eleanor Roosevelt: Feminist Icon
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He stayed with it until it redefined him: switched the label from sophisticated Blues to a down-home sound.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
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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
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I remember where I was when I saw X-Men, and I thought he redefined the way people made comic book films.
Belonging itself is redefined, becoming a matter of choice, not accident.
The only known family is Naraoid Walcott, which must be redefined.The Appendages, Anatomy, and Relationships of Trilobites
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Assumptions regarding leadership, organization, planning, and legality are redefined.
Eleutherodactylus rostralis (Werner) and E. rhodopis (Cope) are redefined and their relationships are suggested.Amphibians and Reptiles of the Rainforests of Southern El Peten, Guatemala
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Rent may be redefined as the value of the scarce uses of wealth within a given period.The Principles of Economics
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- 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 redefined
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