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Meaning of define

de•fine

Pronunciation: (di-fīn'), [key]
— v. -fined, -fin•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to state or set forth the meaning of (a word, phrase, etc.): They disagreed on how to define “liberal.”
  2. to explain or identify the nature or essential qualities of; describe: to define judicial functions.
  3. to fix or lay down definitely; specify distinctly: to define one's responsibilities.
  4. to determine or fix the boundaries or extent of: to define property with stakes.
  5. to make clear the outline or form of: The roof was boldly defined against the sky.
—v.i.
  1. to set forth the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.; construct a definition.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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