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(1) To determine or clearly mark the outlines or limits of.

(2) To express the precise signification of.

(3) To state the meaning of; to describe precisely; to explain or expound; to interpret.

(4) To bring to a termination or bounds of; to end.


Word origin: Latin definire (“‘to limit, settle, define’”) < de- + finire (“‘to set a limit, bound, end’”
Related forms: definition (noun).