Define meaning

dĭ-fīn'
To make or write a definition.
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The definition of define is to describe the meaning or character of something.

An example of define is when you tell someone what a word means.

An example of define is when you set clear rules for living in your house.

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To determine or state the extent and nature of; describe exactly.

Define your duties.

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To state the meaning or meanings of (as a word)
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To determine or set down the boundaries of.
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To give the distinguishing characteristics of.
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To constitute the distinction of; differentiate.

Reason defines man.

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To prepare definitions, as of words.
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To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly.

The defining power of an optical instrument.

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To express the essential nature of something.

I define myself as a techno-anarchist.

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To state the meaning of a word, phrase, sign, or symbol.

The textbook defined speed as velocity divided by time.

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To describe, explain, or make definite and clear.
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To demark sharply the outlines or limits of an area or concept.

To define the legal boundaries of a property.

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(mathematics) To establish the referent of a term or notation.
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(computing, programming) A kind of macro in source code that replaces one text string with another wherever it occurs.
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To give form or meaning to.
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To state the precise meaning of (a word or sense of a word, for example).
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To describe the nature or basic qualities of; explain.

Define the properties of a new drug; a study that defines people according to their median incomes.

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To make clear the outline or form of; delineate.

Gentle hills that were defined against the sky.

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To specify distinctly.

Define the weapons to be used in limited warfare.

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To trace the precise outlines of; delineate.
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Origin of define

Middle English definen, diffinen from Old French definir, diffiner from Latin dēfīnīre to limit, determine dē- intensive pref. de– fīnis boundary, limit