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define

verb [T] (EXPLAIN)    /dɪˈfaɪn/
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)? → See also well definedDefining and explaining 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 .Defining and explaining definable     /dɪˈfaɪ.nə.bl̩/ adjective definable rules of grammar / syntax Defining and explaining
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