define

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 Define — De*fine , v. i. To determine; to decide. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 define — de|fine W2S3 [dıˈfaın] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: definer, from Latin definire, from finire to limit, end ] 1.) to describe something correctly and thoroughly, and to say what standards, limits, qualities etc it has that make… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 define — definable, adj. definability, n. definably, adv. definement, n. definer, n. /di fuyn /, v. defined, defining. v.t. 1. to state …

    Universalium

  • 14 define — verb ADVERB ▪ accurately, carefully, correctly, exactly, explicitly, precisely, specifically ▪ It is important to define these terms accurately. ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 define — [[t]dɪfa͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦♦ defines, defining, defined 1) VERB If you define something, you show, describe, or state clearly what it is and what its limits are, or what it is like. [V wh] The Supreme Court decision could define how far Congress can go… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 define — v. (D; tr.) to define as (we can define burn out as exhaustion) * * * [dɪ faɪn] (D; tr.) to define as (we can define bum out as exhaustion) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 define */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈfaɪn] / US verb [transitive] Word forms define : present tense I/you/we/they define he/she/it defines present participle defining past tense defined past participle defined 1) to describe clearly and exactly what something is No one has… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 define — verb (defined; defining) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin definire, from de + finire to limit, end, from finis boundary, end Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to determine or identify the …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 define — de|fine [ dı faın ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to describe clearly and exactly what something is: No one has defined the scope of the project. The responsibilities of each team member need to be clearly defined. 2. ) to explain the meaning of a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 define — de•fine [[t]dɪˈfaɪn[/t]] v. fined, fin•ing 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[/ex] 4) to determine or fix the… …

    From formal English to slang