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defineverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈfaɪn/

define verb [T] (EXPLAIN)

B2 to say what the meaning of something, especially a word, is: In the dictionary, "reality" is defined as "the state of things as they are, rather than as they are imagined to be". Before I answer your question, could you define your terms a little more (= explain what you mean by the words you have used)?
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B2 to explain and describe the meaning and exact limits of something: Your rights and responsibilities are defined in the citizens' charter. Your role in the project will be strictly defined (= limited to particular areas). I'd hate to feel that I was defined by (= that my life got its meaning and importance only from) my job.
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define verb [T] (CLEARLY SHOW)

to show clearly the edge of something: The outline of the castle on the hill was clearly defined against the evening sky.
definable
adjective uk   us   /dɪˈfaɪ.nə.bl̩/
definable rules of grammar/syntax
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