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definite

precise; exact; positive; certain: a definite decision; specific: a definite time; particular; well-defined
Not to be confused with:
definitive – reliable; complete: the definitive works of Shakespeare; satisfying all criteria: a definitive scientific study; absolute, ultimate, supreme
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def·i·nite

 (dĕf′ə-nĭt)
adj.
1.
a. Clearly defined; explicitly precise: a definite statement of the terms of the will. See Synonyms at explicit.
b. Forthright and unambiguous: The doctor was very definite about what foods you should avoid.
2. Clearly developed or firmly decided: no definite idea of what to do for a career.
3. Readily distinguished or certain: at a definite disadvantage.
4. Grammar Limiting or particularizing.
5. Botany
a. Of a fixed number usually less than 20, as certain floral organs, especially stamens.
b. Cymose; determinate.

[Middle English diffinite, defined, from Latin dēfīnītus, past participle of dēfīnīre, to define; see define.]

def′i·nite·ly adv.
def′i·nite·ness n.
Usage Note: Definite and definitive both apply to what is precisely defined or explicitly set forth. But definitive most often refers specifically to a judgment or description that serves as a standard or reference point for others, as in the definitive decision of the court (which sets forth a final resolution of a judicial matter) or the definitive biography of Nelson (that is, the biography that sets the standard against which all other accounts of Nelson's life must be measured).
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definite

(ˈdɛfɪnɪt)
adj
1. clearly defined; exact; explicit
2. having precise limits or boundaries
3. known for certain; sure: it is definite that they have won.
4. (Botany) botany
a. denoting a type of growth in which the main stem ends in a flower, as in a cymose inflorescence; determinate
b. (esp of flower parts) limited or fixed in number in a given species
[C15: from Latin dēfīnītus limited, distinct; see define]
ˈdefiniteness n
definitude n
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def•i•nite

(ˈdɛf ə nɪt)

adj.
1. clearly defined or determined; precise.
2. having fixed limits.
3. positive; certain.
4. defining; limiting.
5. (of an inflorescence) determinate.
[1520–30; < Latin dēfīnītus limited, precise, past participle of dēfīnīre; see define, -ite2]
def′i•nite•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.definite - precise; explicit and clearly defined; "I want a definite answer"; "a definite statement of the terms of the will"; "a definite amount"; "definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol"; "the wedding date is now definite"; "a definite drop in attendance"
clear - readily apparent to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature"
defined - clearly characterized or delimited; "lost in a maze of words both defined and undefined"; "each child has clearly defined duties"
distinct - easy to perceive; especially clearly outlined; "a distinct flavor"; "a distinct odor of turpentine"; "a distinct outline"; "the ship appeared as a distinct silhouette"; "distinct fingerprints"
explicit, expressed - precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication; "explicit instructions"; "she made her wishes explicit"; "explicit sexual scenes"
indefinite - vague or not clearly defined or stated; "must you be so indefinite?"; "amorphous blots of color having vague and indefinite edges"; "he would not answer so indefinite a proposal"
2.definite - known for certain; "it is definite that they have won"
certain - established beyond doubt or question; definitely known; "what is certain is that every effect must have a cause"; "it is certain that they were on the bus"; "his fate is certain"; "the date for the invasion is certain"
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definite

adjective
2. clear, explicit, black-and-white, clear-cut, unequivocal, unambiguous, guaranteed, cut-and-dried (informal) We didn't have any definite proof.
4. certain, decided, sure, settled, convinced, positive, confident, assured She is very definite about her feelings.
certain uncertain, undecided
Usage: Definite and definitive should be carefully distinguished. Definite indicates precision and firmness, as in a definite decision. Definitive includes these senses but also indicates conclusiveness. A definite answer indicates a clear and firm answer to a particular question; a definitive answer implies an authoritative resolution of a complex question.
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definite

adjective
1. Having distinct limits:
3. Known positively:
Idiom: for certain.
4. Clearly, fully, and sometimes emphatically expressed:
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Translations
مُحَدَّدمُحَدَّد، واضِح، مُعَيِّن
jednoznačnýkonečnýjasný
klarbestemt
ehdoton
definitivan
ákveîinn, skÿr
明確な
명확한
žymimasis artikelis
noteiktsskaidrs
določenzanesljiv
bestämd
แน่นอน
kesinkat'i
rõ ràng

definite

[ˈdefɪnɪt] ADJ
1. (= fixed) [time, offer, plan] → definitivo; [decision, agreement] → final
I don't have any definite plansno tengo ningún plan definitivo
are you ready to make a definite order?¿puede mandarnos ya un pedido en firme?
it is definite that he will retireya es seguro or definitivo que se jubilará
14 September is definite for the tripel 14 de septiembre es la fecha definitiva para el viaje
nothing definitenada definitivo
I don't intend to go, and that's definiteno pienso ir, y no voy a cambiar de idea
is that definite?¿es seguro?
2. (= clear) [improvement, advantage] → indudable; [feeling, impression] → inequívoco; [increase] → claro
he had a definite advantagetuvo una ventaja indudable
it's a definite possibilityes una posibilidad clara
there is a definite possibility that we will get the contractestá claro que existe la posibilidad de que consigamos el contrato, es muy posible que consigamos el contrato
3. (= sure)
are you definite about that?¿estás seguro de eso?
to know sth for definitesaber algo con seguridad
I don't know or can't say for definite yetno lo sé seguro todavía, no puedo asegurarlo todavía
4. (= emphatic) [manner, tone] → firme, terminante; [views, opinions] → firme
he was very definite about itlo dijo de forma categórica
he was very definite about wanting to resigndijo categóricamente que quería dimitir
5. (Ling) definite articleartículo m definido
past definite (tense)(tiempo m) pretérito m
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definite

[ˈdɛfɪnɪt] adj
(= firm) [plan, answer] → défini(e), précis(e); [view] → arrêté(e)
I haven't got any definite plans → Je n'ai pas de projets précis.
(= real) [improvement, advantage] → net(te), manifeste; [proof, evidence, information] → avéré(e)
It's a definite improvement → Cela constitue une nette amélioration.
(= sure) → sûr(e)
Perhaps we'll go to Spain, but it's not definite → Nous irons peut-être en Espagne, mais ce n'est pas sûr.
Is that definite? → Est-ce que c'est sûr?
to be definite about sth → être certain(e) de qch
He was definite about it → Il en était certain.definite article n (GRAMMAR)article m défini
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definite

adj
(= fixed, concrete, explicit)definitiv; answer, decisionklar, eindeutig; agreement, date, plan, intention, wishfest, definitiv; command, requestbestimmt; is that definite?ist das sicher?; (= agreed by contract etc also)steht das fest?; there has been an improvement, that’s definitees ist eindeutig eine Verbesserung eingetreten; for definite (say, know)mit Bestimmtheit
(= distinct, pronounced) mark, stain, lispdeutlich; advantage, improvementklar, eindeutig; problem, possibilityecht
(= positive, decided) tone, mannerbestimmt; she was very definite about itsie war sich (dat)sehr sicher
(Gram) → definitiv
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definite

[ˈdɛfɪnɪt] adj
a. (exact, clear, date, plan, intention) → preciso/a; (answer, agreement) → definitivo/a; (positive, decided, sale, order) → sicuro/a; (tone, manner) → deciso/a
is it definite that ...? → è sicuro che...?
he was definite about it (certain) → ne era sicuro (unequivocal) → è stato chiaro al proposito
b. (clearly noticeable) → netto/a
c. (Gram) past definite tensepassato remoto
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definite

(ˈdefinit) adjective
clear; fixed or certain. I'll give you a definite answer later.
ˈdefinitely adverb
clearly or certainly. She definitely said I wasn't to wait; Her dress is definitely not red.
definite article the name given to the word the
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definite

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