Synonyms of define
1 mark outDictionary • Armed forces were deployed to define military zones.
outline • The building was a beautiful sight, outlined against the starry sky.
limit • He limited payments on the country's foreign debt.
bound • Our lives are bounded by work, family and television.
delineate • a settlement to delineate the border
circumscribe • The monarch's powers are circumscribed by Parliament.
demarcate • The police demarcated the city into eighteen geographical divisions.
delimit • This is not meant to delimit what approaches social researchers can adopt.
2 describeDictionary • How exactly do you define reasonable behaviour?
describe • Even his allies describe him as forceful, aggressive and determined.
interpret • The judge has to interpret the law as it's being passed.
explain • He explained the process to us in simple terms.
expound • Schmidt continued to expound his theories on economics.
put into words
give the meaning of
3 establishDictionary • The Court must define the limits of its authority.
establish • He has established himself as a pivotal figure in US politics.
decide • The goal that decided the match came just before half-time.
detail • The report detailed the human rights abuses committed.
determine • The people have a right to determine their own future.
fix • He's fixed a time when I can see him.
specify • He has not specified what action he would like them to take.
designate • I live in Exmoor, which is designated as a national park.
stipulate • International rules stipulate the number of foreign entrants.
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boundIf someone's life or situation is bounded by certain things, those are its most important aspects and it is limited or restricted by them.
• Our lives are bounded by work, family and television.
• The monarch's powers are circumscribed by Parliament.
decideIf an event or fact decides something, it makes it certain that a particular choice will be made or that there will be a particular result.
• The goal that decided the match came just before half-time.
Thesaurus for define from the Collins English Thesaurus
to state precisely the meaning of (words, terms, etc)