define

verb
ADVERB
accurately, carefully, correctly, exactly, explicitly, precisely, specifically

It is important to define these terms accurately.

clearly, fully, sharply, strongly, well
adequately

There may be problems if responsibilities are not adequately defined.

poorly
broadly

We have chosen to define the scope of our study quite broadly.

loosely, vaguely
closely, narrowly, rigidly, rigorously, strictly, tightly
succinctly
simply, solely
easily
formally, officially
objectively
traditionally
culturally, geographically, socially

the culturally defined role of women

legally
VERB + DEFINE
be difficult to, be impossible to
be easy to

Social values are not easy to define.

PREPOSITION
as

Thread count is defined as the number of threads in one square inch of fabric.

by

This type of lymphoma is defined by the presence of specific malignant cells.

in terms of

The difficulty of a problem was defined in terms of how long it took to complete.

Define is used with these nouns as the object: ↑boundary, ↑category, ↑concept, ↑criterion, ↑edge, ↑era, ↑essence, ↑extent, ↑goal, ↑identity, ↑limit, ↑nature, ↑objective, ↑problem, ↑requirement, ↑role, ↑scope, ↑standard, ↑term, ↑type

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  • Define — 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}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • define — UK US /dɪˈfaɪn/ verb [T] ► to say what the meaning of something, especially a word, is: »Economists normally define a recession as two successive quarters of negative growth. ► to explain and state the meaning and exact limits of something: »a… …   Financial and business terms

  • define — [dē fīn′, difīn′] vt. defined, defining [ME diffinen < OFr definer & ML diffinire, both < L definire, to limit, define < de , from + finire, to set a limit to, bound: see FINISH] 1. a) to determine or set down the boundaries of b) to… …   English World dictionary

  • define — [v1] give description ascertain, assign, call a spade a spade*, characterize, construe, decide, delineate, denominate, denote, describe, designate, detail, determine, dub, elucidate, entitle, etch, exemplify, explain, expound, formalize,… …   New thesaurus

  • Define — De*fine , v. i. To determine; to decide. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • define — I verb characterize, characterize precisely, circumscribere, clarify, construe, definire, delineate, denominate, depict the essential qualities of, describe, describe the properties of, designate, determine the essential qualities of, determine… …   Law dictionary

  • define — (v.) late 14c., to specify; to end, from O.Fr. defenir to end, terminate, determine, and directly from L. definire to limit, determine, explain, from de completely (see DE (Cf. de )) + finire to bound, limit, from finis boundary, end (see FINISH… …   Etymology dictionary

  • define — vb *prescribe, assign Analogous words: *limit, circumscribe: fix, *set, establish Contrasted words: *mix, merge, mingle: *mistake, confuse, confound …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • define — ► VERB 1) state or describe the exact nature or scope of. 2) give the meaning of (a word or phrase). 3) mark out the limits or outline of. DERIVATIVES definable adjective definer noun. ORIGIN Latin definire, from finire finish …   English terms dictionary

  • define — /dI faIn/ verb (T) 1 to describe something correctly and thoroughly: the ability to define clients needs | define sth clearly/precisely: The powers of the President are clearly defined in the Constitution. 2 to explain exactly the meaning of a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • define — 01. For homework, please [define] the following expressions in your own words. 02. It can be quite difficult to clearly [define] abstract ideas such as love or friendship. 03. Moderate alcohol consumption is [defined] as no more than 2 drinks a… …   Grammatical examples in English

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