[ dih-fahyn ]
/ dɪˈfaɪn /
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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.
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Origin of define
OTHER WORDS FROM define
de·fin·a·ble, adjectivede·fin·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·fin·a·bly, adverbde·fine·ment, noun
de·fin·er, nounmis·de·fine, verb (used with object), mis·de·fined, mis·de·fin·ing.non·de·fin·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·de·fin·a·ble, adjectivenon·de·fin·a·bly, adverbnon·de·fined, adjectivenon·de·fin·er, nounpre·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, adjectivesem·i·de·fined, adjectiveun·de·fin·a·ble, adjective
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How to use define in a sentence
While Drake is redefining realness, Iggy is effectively “passing.”The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea|Amy Zimmerman|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Minsky became a role model for those living with disabilities, redefining long-held standards of beauty and perfection.From G.I. to Eye Candy: War Vet Alex Minsky’s Model Turn|Itay Hod|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The threshold issue is redefining drugs as a health problem,” Wodak said.Legal, Regulated Heroin Could Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman|Valerie Vande Panne|February 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Joshua DuBois on a new generation of women who are redefining their roles—and changing Christianity in the process.First Ladies of the Church|Joshua DuBois|March 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I doubt you could have prevented the killing of their female partners by redefining their sense of manliness.Pundits Pin Blame for Murderer Jovan Belcher on Everything But Him|Buzz Bissinger|December 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
What the world most needs at such a moment of expansion and rebellion, is a redefining of its ideals.
We have already remarked how timely and necessary is this redefining of our religious values.
British Dictionary definitions for define
/ (dɪˈfaɪn) /
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
Derived forms of definedefinable, adjectivedefinability, noundefinably, adverbdefiner, 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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