1. [ verb ] determine the essential quality of
Synonyms: specify delimit delimitate delineate
Related terms: be determine redefine word_picture
2. [ verb ] give a definition for the meaning of a word

"Define `sadness'"

Related terms: specify redefine definition
3. [ verb ] determine the nature of

"What defines a good wine?"

Related terms: characterize
4. [ verb ] delineate the form or outline of
Synonyms: delineate

: "The tree was clearly defined by the light" "The camera could define the smallest object"

Related terms: show shaping delineation
Similar spelling:   Devine