verb de·fine \di-ˈfīn\

: to explain the meaning of (a word, phrase, etc.)

: to show or describe (someone or something) clearly and completely

: to show the shape, outline, or edge of (something) very clearly


Full Definition of DEFINE

transitive verb
a :  to determine or identify the essential qualities or meaning of <whatever defines us as human>
b :  to discover and set forth the meaning of (as a word)
c :  to create on a computer <define a window> <define a procedure>
a :  to fix or mark the limits of :  demarcate <rigidly defined property lines>
b :  to make distinct, clear, or detailed especially in outline <the issues aren't too well defined>
:  characterize, distinguish <you define yourself by the choices you make — Denison University Bulletin>
intransitive verb
:  to make a definition
de·fine·ment \-ˈfīn-mənt\ noun
de·fin·er \-ˈfī-nər\ noun

Origin of DEFINE

Middle English, from Latin definire, from de- + finire to limit, end, from finis boundary, end
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with DEFINE

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DEFINED Defined for Kids


verb de·fine \di-ˈfīn\

Definition of DEFINE for Kids

:  to explain the meaning of <define a word>
:  to make clear especially in outline <Your responsibilities are defined in the handout.>


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