Define - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈfaɪn|  American pronunciation of the word define
Brit.  |dɪˈfaɪn|  British pronunciation of the word define
- determine the essential quality of (syn: delimit, delimitate, delineate, specify)
- give a definition for the meaning of a word
- determine the nature of
What defines a good wine?
- show the form or outline of (syn: delineate)
The tree was clearly defined by the light
The camera could define the smallest object
- decide upon or fix definitely (syn: determine, fix, limit, set, specify)


a term that is difficult to define

The government study seeks to define urban poverty.

Her book aims to define acceptable social behavior.

She believes that success should be defined in terms of health and happiness.

That fence defines the far edge of the property.

You can define the word "difficult" as "not easy."

The duties and responsibilities of the governing board are clearly defined in an official document.

People define themselves by the choices they make.

The duties of the post are difficult to define.

The tasks will be clearly defined by the tutor.

70% of the workers can be defined as low-paid.

I'll now try to define the term 'popular culture'.

A budget is defined as 'a plan of action expressed in money terms'.

Define precisely what you mean by 'crime'.

The bird has sharply defined black and rust markings.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: define
he/she/it: defines
present participle: defining
past tense: defined
past participle: defined
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