English dictionary



Info: This web site is based on WordNet 3.0 from Princeton University.

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.


Synonymsdelineate


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









Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2017 onlineordbog.dk