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The Definition of - define (verb)

    verb (used with object), defined, defining.
    1.
    to state or set forth the meaning of (a word, phrase, etc.): They disagreed on how to define “liberal.”.
    2.
    to explain or identify the nature or essential qualities of; describe:
    to define judicial functions.
    3.
    to fix or lay down clearly and definitely; specify distinctly:
    to define one's responsibilities.
    4.
    to determine or fix the boundaries or extent of:
    to define property with stakes.
    5.
    to make clear the outline or form of:
    The roof was boldly defined against the sky.
    verb (used without object), defined, defining.
    6.
    to set forth the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.; construct a definition.

Word Example of - define

    Example Sentences for define

    To define equality that which is contrary to inequality, is improper.

    I seek to define a part of the limitless and undefined mysteries of the body.

    In all cases these words are used to define the succeeding noun.

    The problem is that neither they nor their teachers can define what that means.

    But both endeavours to date and to define are alike impossible.

    He answered to this effect, that the Articles did not define it.

    For that, though no one ever has defined or will define poetry, is one of the divers good approaches to a description of it.

    I never tried to define it, but I was distinctly conscious of it.

    Splashes from the water as those on the jetty cast into the sea objects Ross could not define.

    We must not seek to define the powers of all these bodies and corporations.

Word Origin & History of - define

    Word Origin & History

    define late 14c., from O.Fr. definir "to end, terminate, determine," from L. definire "to limit, determine, explain," from de- "completely" + finire "to bound, limit," from finis "boundary, end" (see finish). Definite means "defined, clear, precise, unmistakable;" definitive means "having the character of finality."