- 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
Related Words for definerlinguist, wordsmith, philologist, phonologist, etymologist, lexicologist, polyglot, phonetician, author, editor, compiler, definer, glossographer, philologian
Examples from the Web for definer
Historical Examples of definer
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.Literature in the Making
What the definer really intends here is, that the pain arises from the belief of being treated with contempt.
- 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