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Verb: define  di'fIn
  1. Give a definition for the meaning of a word
    "Define 'sadness'"
  2. Determine the essential quality of
    - specify, delineate, delimit, delimitate
  3. Determine the nature of
    "What defines a good wine?"
  4. Show the form or outline of
    "The camera could define the smallest object"; "The tree was clearly defined by the light";
    - delineate
  5. Decide upon definitely; give a value
    "define the parameters";
    - specify, set, determine, fix, limit

Derived forms: defined, defining, defines

Type of: be, characterise [Brit], characterize, choose, pick out, select, show, take

Encyclopedia: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control