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"define" in British English

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defineverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈfaɪn/  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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definable
adjective uk   /dɪˈfaɪ.nə.bəl/  us   /dɪˈfaɪ.nə.bəl/
definable rules of grammar/syntax
(Definition of define from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"define" in American English

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defineverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈfɑɪn/
  • define verb [T] (EXPLAIN)

English to describe the meaning of something, esp. a word, or to explain something more clearly so that it can be understood: How would you define “jaded”?
  • define verb [T] (SHOW)

to show clearly the edge or shape of something: The dark figures are sharply defined on the white background.
definable
adjective  /dɪˈfɑɪ·nə·bəl/
(Definition of define from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"define" in Business English

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defineverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈfaɪn/
to say what the meaning of something, especially a word, is: Economists normally define a recession as two successive quarters of negative growth.
to explain and state the meaning and exact limits of something: a defined goal/objective If you want employees to be more productive, then you must define and measure productivity precisely.
(Definition of define from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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