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Meaning of DEFINE

Pronunciation:  di'fIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define `sadness'"
  2. [v]  determine the essential quality of
  3. [v]  determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?"
  4. [v]  delineate the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"

DEFINE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: delimit, delimitate, delineate, specify
 See Also: be, characterise, characterize, determine, determine, fix, limit, redefine, redefine, set, show, specify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*fine"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defined}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Defining}.] [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F.
    d['e]finir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- +
    finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See
    {Final}, {Finish}.]
    1. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end.
       ``To define controversies.'' --Barrow.
    2. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark
       the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or
    3. To determine with precision; to mark out with
       distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the
       defining power of an optical instrument.
             Rings . . . very distinct and well defined. --Sir I.
    4. To determine the precise signification of; to fix the
       meaning of; to describe accurately; to explain; to expound
       or interpret; as, to define a word, a phrase, or a
       scientific term.
             They define virtue to be life ordered according to
             nature.                               --Robynson
  2. \De*fine"\, v. i.
    To determine; to decide. [Obs.]
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