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de·fine

 (dĭ-fīn′)
v. de·fined, de·fin·ing, de·fines
v.tr.
1.
a. To state the precise meaning of (a word or sense of a word, for example).
b. To describe the nature or basic qualities of; explain: define the properties of a new drug; a study that defines people according to their median incomes.
2.
a. To make clear the outline or form of; delineate: gentle hills that were defined against the sky.
b. To specify distinctly: define the weapons to be used in limited warfare.
3. To give form or meaning to: "For him, a life is defined by action" (Jay Parini).
v.intr.
To make or write a definition.

[Middle English definen, diffinen, from Old French definir, diffiner, from Latin dēfīnīre, to limit, determine : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + fīnis, boundary, limit.]

de·fin′a·bil′i·ty n.
de·fin′a·ble adj.
de·fin′a·bly adv.
de·fine′ment n.
de·fin′er n.

define

(dɪˈfaɪn)
vb (tr)
1. to state precisely the meaning of (words, terms, etc)
2. to describe the nature, properties, or essential qualities of
3. to determine the boundary or extent of
4. (often passive) to delineate the form or outline of: the shape of the tree was clearly defined by the light behind it.
5. to fix with precision; specify
[C14: from Old French definer to determine, from Latin dēfīnīre to set bounds to, from fīnīre to finish]
deˈfinable adj
deˌfinaˈbility n
deˈfinably adv
deˈfiner n

de•fine

(dɪˈfaɪn)

v. -fined, -fin•ing. v.t.
1. to state or set forth the meaning of (a word, etc.).
2. to explain or identify the nature or essential qualities of; describe.
3. to specify: to define responsibilities.
4. to determine or fix the boundaries or extent of.
5. to make clear the outline or form of.
v.i.
6. to set forth the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.
[1325–75; Middle English def(f)inen < Old French definer to put an end to « Latin dēfīnīre to limit, define =dē- de- + fīnīre; see finish]
de•fin′a•ble, adj.
de•fin`a•bil′i•ty, n.
de•fin′a•bly, adv.
de•fin′er, n.

define


Past participle: defined
Gerund: defining

Imperative
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define
Present
I define
you define
he/she/it defines
we define
you define
they define
Preterite
I defined
you defined
he/she/it defined
we defined
you defined
they defined
Present Continuous
I am defining
you are defining
he/she/it is defining
we are defining
you are defining
they are defining
Present Perfect
I have defined
you have defined
he/she/it has defined
we have defined
you have defined
they have defined
Past Continuous
I was defining
you were defining
he/she/it was defining
we were defining
you were defining
they were defining
Past Perfect
I had defined
you had defined
he/she/it had defined
we had defined
you had defined
they had defined
Future
I will define
you will define
he/she/it will define
we will define
you will define
they will define
Future Perfect
I will have defined
you will have defined
he/she/it will have defined
we will have defined
you will have defined
they will have defined
Future Continuous
I will be defining
you will be defining
he/she/it will be defining
we will be defining
you will be defining
they will be defining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been defining
you have been defining
he/she/it has been defining
we have been defining
you have been defining
they have been defining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been defining
you will have been defining
he/she/it will have been defining
we will have been defining
you will have been defining
they will have been defining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been defining
you had been defining
he/she/it had been defining
we had been defining
you had been defining
they had been defining
Conditional
I would define
you would define
he/she/it would define
we would define
you would define
they would define
Past Conditional
I would have defined
you would have defined
he/she/it would have defined
we would have defined
you would have defined
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.define - determine the essential quality of
determine - fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; "the tree determines the border of the property"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
redefine - give a new or different definition to; "She redefined his duties"
2.define - give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define `sadness'"
specify, fix, limit, set, determine, define - decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
redefine - give a new or different definition of (a word)
3.define - determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?"
characterise, characterize - be characteristic of; "What characterizes a Venetian painting?"
4.define - show the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"
show - make visible or noticeable; "She showed her talent for cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please"
5.define - decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
quantify - use as a quantifier
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
name - mention and identify by name; "name your accomplices!"
reset - set anew; "They re-set the date on the clock"
define - give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define `sadness'"

define

verb
1. mark out, outline, limit, bound, delineate, circumscribe, demarcate, delimit Armed forces were deployed to define military zones.
2. describe, interpret, characterize, explain, spell out, expound, put into words, give the meaning of How exactly do you define reasonable behaviour?
3. establish, decide, detail, determine, fix, specify, designate, stipulate The Court must define the limits of its authority.
Translations
يُحَدِّدُيُحَدِّد، يُعَرِّف
definovatstanovit
definerepræcisere
määritellämäärittäärajataselvittäätäsmentää
definirati
skilgreina
定義する
정의하다
apibrėžiamasapibrėžimasapibrėžti
definētnoteikt
definovať
opredeliti
definiera
นิยาม
định nghĩa

define

[dɪˈfaɪn] VT
1. (= give definition for) → definir; (= characterize) → caracterizar; (= delimit) → determinar, delimitar; (= outline) → destacar
she doesn't define herself as a feministno se define como feminista
how would you define yourself politically?¿cómo se definiría políticamente?
2. (Comput) → definir

define

[dɪˈfaɪn] vt
(= delineate) [+ role, boundary] → définir
[+ word] → définir
Define what you mean by reasonable → Définissez ce que vous entendez par raisonnable.

define

vt
(= describe)definieren; conditions, boundaries, powers, dutiesbestimmen, festlegen; define custom colours (Comput) → Farbe(n) definieren
(= show in outline)betonen; clearly definedscharf; the path is not very well definedder Weg ist nicht sehr deutlich; to be clearly defined against the skysich klar or scharf gegen den Himmel abzeichnen

define

[dɪˈfaɪn] vt (all senses) → precisare, definire
the skyscraper was clearly defined against the sky → il grattacielo si stagliava nettamente contro il cielo
to define a block of text (Comput) → definire un blocco di testo

define

(diˈfain) verb
to fix or state the exact meaning of. Words are defined in a dictionary.
deˈfinable adjective
definition (defiˈniʃən) noun
an explanation of the exact meaning of a word or phrase. Is that definition accurate?

define

يُحَدِّدُ stanovit definere definieren καθορίζω definir määritellä définir definirati definire 定義する 정의하다 definiëren definere zdefiniować definir определять definiera นิยาม tanımlamak định nghĩa 解释
References in classic literature ?
He seemed intent upon convincing the boy of the advisability of adopt- ing a line of conduct that he was himself unable to define.
I never tried to define it, but I was distinctly conscious of it.
Pontellier to define to his own satisfaction or any one else's wherein his wife failed in her duty toward their children.
On Hawkeye he cast a glance of respectful enmity; on Duncan, a look of inextinguishable hatred; the shrinking figure of Alice he scarcely deigned to notice; but when his glance met the firm, commanding, and yet lovely form of Cora, his eye lingered a moment, with an expression that it might have been difficult to define.
To observe and define his character, however, under such disadvantages, was as difficult a task as to trace out and build up anew, in imagination, an old fortress, like Ticonderoga, from a view of its grey and broken ruins.
Next: how shall we define the whale, by his obvious externals, so as conspicuously to label him for all time to come?
If I answer that question, I know you'll be at me with half a dozen others, each one harder than the last; and I'm not a going to define my position.
Such is the way in which the Germans seem to define the word "rest"; that is to say, they rest a member by recreating, recuperating, restore its forces.
A few years however will settle her opinions on the reasonable basis of common sense and observation; and then they may be more easy to define and to justify than they now are, by any body but herself.
I cannot precisely define what they expected, but it was something pleasant: not perhaps that day or that month, but at an indefinite future period.
From that night there grew up in my breast a feeling for Peggotty which I cannot very well define.
I became imbued with the notion on that first occasion before we sat down to dinner, but I cannot define by what means.