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verb [transitive]     define pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participledefining
past tensedefined
past participledefined
  1. 1
    to describe clearly and exactly what something is

    No one has defined the scope of the project.

  2. 2
    to explain the meaning of a word

    Defining the wordlove’ can be very difficult.

    Manual work is broadly defined as work that you do with your hands.

  3. 3
    to show the shape of something
  4. 4
    to be a feature or quality that shows exactly what someone or something is like

    It is his work that really defines him.

    define someone/something as:

    the high winds that define a storm as a hurricane

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     defined pronunciation in British English

Our roles are all well defined.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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