Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for define on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), de·fined, de·fin·ing. 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. verb (used without object), de·fined, de·fin·ing. to set forth the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.; construct a definition. Origin of define 1325–75; Middle English def(f
Anglo-French, Old French definer
to put an end to <
to limit, define, equivalent to
finish Related forms de·fin·a·ble, adjective de·fin·a·bil·i·ty, noun de·fin·a·bly, adverb de·fine·ment, noun de·fin·er, noun mis·de·fine, verb (used with object), mis·de·fined, mis·de·fin·ing. non·de·fin·a·bil·i·ty, noun non·de·fin·a·ble, adjective non·de·fin·a·bly, adverb non·de·fined, adjective non·de·fin·er, noun pre·de·fine, verb (used with object), pre·de·fined, pre·de·fin·ing. re·de·fine, verb (used with object), re·de·fined, re·de·fin·ing. self-de·fined, adjective sem·i·de·fined, adjective un·de·fin·a·ble, adjective
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You will first note that the
definer has not declared what sort of composition.
Either I am very much mistaken, or Locke the
definer has very well defined liberty as "power."
What are we to think of such a
definer of 'scientific terms,' when his errors have not even the negative merit of consistency.
And the recent popularity of vers libre and imagisme has made the
definer's task harder than ever before.
definer really intends here is, that the pain arises from the belief of being treated with contempt. British Dictionary definitions for definer 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 of the shape of the tree was clearly defined by the light behind it to fix with precision; specify Derived Forms definable, adjective definability, noun definably, adverb definer, noun Word Origin for define
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 definer define v.
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.
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