verb (used with object), de·fined, de·fin·ing.
verb (used without object), de·fined, de·fin·ing.
Origin of define
Examples from the Web for define
It was something ineffable and harder to define: freedom of speech.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To define this show of support by major corporations for LGBT equality as a seachange would be no overstatement.
And I would like for this generation to define its own movement.
Modern conservatives rightly (as it were) define themselves against the culture at large; hipsters seek to do so as well.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Testino was commissioned to create a unique piece of work inspired by the six pillars that define The Macallan.
It is profitable to define terms before attempting to discuss them.The Harp of God|J. F. Rutherford
She bent a little lower over the paper in a shame she could not then define.The Secret of the League|Ernest Bramah
We solidify and define where solidification means loss of interest; and loss of interest, not years, is old age.Adventures In Contentment|David Grayson
He had never had occasion to define his efforts so minutely.Polly of the Circus|Margaret Mayo
Naturally, therefore, a Congressman-elect would be expected to publish his views and define his position early in the day.Abraham Lincoln, Volume 1 (of 2)|William H. Herndon
Word Origin for define
late 14c., "to specify; to end," from Old French defenir "to end, terminate, determine," and directly from Latin definire "to limit, determine, explain," from de- "completely" (see de-) + finire "to bound, limit," from finis "boundary, end" (see finish (n.)). Related: Defined; defining.