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      vb   tr  
1    to state precisely the meaning of (words, terms, etc.)  
2    to describe the nature, properties, or essential qualities of  
3    to determine the boundary or extent of  
4    often passive   to delineate the form or outline of  
the shape of the tree was clearly defined by the light behind it     
5    to fix with precision; specify  
     (C14: from Old French definer to determine, from Latin definire to set bounds to, from finire to finish)  
  definable      adj  
  definability      n  
  definably      adv  
  definer      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    characterize, describe, designate, detail, determine, explain, expound, interpret, specify, spell out  
2    bound, circumscribe, delimit, delineate, demarcate, limit, mark out, outline  

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