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  1. a. : a statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol. dictionary definitions. b. : a statement expressing the essential nature of something. c. : a product of defining. 2. : the action or process of stating the meaning of a word or word group.

  2. noun. the act of defining, or of making something definite, distinct, or clear: We need a better definition of her responsibilities. the formal statement of the meaning or significance of a word, phrase, idiom, etc., as found in dictionaries.

  3. defined; defining. Synonyms of define. transitive verb. 1. 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 (something, such as a word)

  4. 1. a formal and concise statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, etc. 2. the act of defining a word, phrase, etc. 3. specification of the essential properties of something, or of the criteria which uniquely identify it. 4. the act of making clear or definite.

  5. to determine or fix the boundaries or extent of: to define property with stakes. to make clear the outline or form of: The roof was boldly defined against the sky. verb (used without object), de·fined, de·fin·ing. to set forth the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.; construct a definition.

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