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Define appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

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Define is sometimes a misspelling of divine.

The word define and its family (definable, defined, defines, defining, definition, definitions, redefine, redefined, redefines, redefining, undefined) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb define

What does define mean as a doing word?

Define is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: defined | defining | defines

  1. determine the essential quality of
  2. give a definition for the meaning of a word
    • example: Define `sadness'
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: determine / fix / limit / set / specify = decide upon or fix definitely
    • more specific word: redefine = give a new or different definition of
  3. determine the nature of
    • example: What defines a good wine?
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: characterise / characterize = be characteristic of
  4. show the form or outline of
    • examples: The tree was clearly defined by the light | The camera could define the smallest object
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of define: delineate
    • more generic word: show = make visible or noticeable
  5. decide upon or fix definitely

Alternative definition of the verb define


  1. To determine.
  2. To express the essential nature of something.
  3. To state the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol.
  4. To describe, explain, or make definite and clear.
  5. To demark sharply the outlines or limits of an area or concept.


"Define" is a book written by Mehmet Rauf.

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Google previewSimply Scheme (1999)

Introducing Computer Science by Brian Harvey, Matthew Wright

Special Forms Define is a special form, an exception to the evaluation rule we've been going on about.* Usually, an expression represents a procedure invocation, so the general rule is that Scheme first evaluates all the subexpressions, and ...

Google previewOn Prayer

But to define means to classify, that is, to situate an idea in relation to other ideas that have been previously defined. Now the science of religions has not yet applied itself sufficiently to produce a methodical classification of the facts with which ...

Google previewWhat Animals Want (2004)

Expertise and Advocacy in Laboratory Animal Welfare Policy by Larry Carbone

and the reaction and damage scored engineering standards Regulations that define means rather than outcomes. Example: dogs under 15 kg receive 8 ft2 of cage floor; contrast “performance standards.” environmental enrichment Provision of ...

Google previewRemote Record Access (1980)

Requirements, Implementation and Analysis by Helen M. Wood, Stephen R. Kimbleton, Center for Computer Systems Engineering (Institute for Computer Sciences and Technology)

DEFINE is a non-procedural data descriptive language and CONVERT is a very high level, non- procedural language designed to operate on hierarchical data. In order to use these languages, input data must first be available in a normalized ...

Google previewPocket Optical Dictionary (1908)

Including Pronunciation and Definition of the Principal Words Used in Optometry and Ophthalmology, Together with a Complete Description of the Light Wave Theory, Anatomy of the Eye, Functions and Nerve Supply of the Different Parts... by James John Lewis

Define the incident, the refracted, the reflected ray. 10. Define a one dioptre lens, and tell how you would differentiate between a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Security Management (2007)

by John Fay

Competitive Counterintelligence Cycle Define Protection Requirements The competitive ...

Google previewThe New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (2005)

by Philip Sheldrake

Spirituality as lived experience Spirituality, like experience, is notoriously difficult to define. However, in the last two decades during which spirituality has emerged as a focus of widespread interest in and outside the churches and ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

Define the management problem 2. State research objectives 3. Develop research methodology a. Define specific information needs b.

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

Menu: Edit > Define Custom Shape Shortcut: – See also: Custom Shape tool Version: 6.0, 7.0, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4 The Custom Shape tool in Photoshop draws a variety of vector-based shapes. The package ships with a variety of premade ...

Google previewA New English-Hindustani Dictionary (1883)

With Illustrations from English Literature and Colloquial English, Tr. Into Hindustani by S. W. Fallon

Define, v. a. 1. fix the bounds of. had ya sim tbairana, thanni ya bandhna; qayani k; taiyun k ; mahdud k 2. mark 'the limits of, chau- haddi bandana ya muqarrar k. ; danda mend a khara k To define the extent of a kingdom ...

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Usage statistics about define

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What actually makes poetry poetry is of course impossible to define. We recognize it when we hear it, when we see it, but we can't define it. (Robert Morgan)
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Scrabble value of D2E1F4I1N1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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