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English verb: define

1. define (stative) determine the essential quality of

Synonymsdelimit, delimitate, delineate, specify

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)determine, redefine

2. define (communication) give a definition for the meaning of a word

SamplesDefine `sadness'.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)define, determine, fix, limit, set, specify

Narrower (hyponym)redefine

3. define (stative) determine the nature of

SamplesWhat defines a good wine?.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)characterise, characterize

4. define (stative) show the form or outline of

SamplesThe tree was clearly defined by the light.
The camera could define the smallest object.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)show

5. define (communication) decide upon or fix definitely

SamplesFix the variables.
Specify the parameters.

Synonymsdetermine, fix, limit, set, specify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take

Narrower (hyponym)define, name, quantify, reset

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