US: /dɪˈfaɪn/
UK: /dɪfˈa‍ɪn/

English Vietnamese dictionary

define /di'fain/
  • ngoại động từ
    • định nghĩa (một từ...)
    • định rõ, vạch rõ (hình dạng, ranh giới...)
      • to define the right for someone: định rõ quyền hạn cho ai
      • to define the boundary between two countries: định rõ ranh giới hai nước
    • xác định đặc điểm, chỉ rõ tính chất

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
1 [VN] ~ sth (as sth) to say or explain what the meaning of a word or phrase is: The term 'mental illness' is difficult to define. + Life imprisonment is defined as 60 years under state law.
2 to describe or show sth accurately: [VN] We need to define the task ahead very clearly. + The difficulty of a problem was defined in terms of how long it took to complete. + [V wh-] It is difficult to define what makes him so popular.
3 [VN] to show clearly a line, shape or edge: The mountain was sharply defined against the sky.
definable adjective

Thesaurus dictionary

1 determine, establish, fix, demarcate, mark off or out, delimit, limit, lay or set down, circumscribe, specify,, identify, delineate, describe:
You must first define the subjects to be covered.
2 describe, explain, interpret, spell out, detail, clarify, delineate, expand on, expatiate on or upon, delineate; characterize, state, name:
No one dictionary defines all the words of a language. Please define exactly what you want me to do.

Collocation dictionary


accurately, carefully, correctly, exactly, explicitly, precisely, specifically
It is important to define these terms accurately.
| clearly, fully, strongly, well | adequately
There may be problems if responsibilities are not adequately defined.
| ill, poorly | broadly
We have chosen to define the scope of our study quite broadly.
| loosely, vaguely | closely, narrowly, rigidly, strictly, tightly | simply, solely | easily | formally, officially | traditionally | culturally, geographically, socially
the culturally defined role of women
| legally


be difficult to, be impossible to | be easy to
Social values are not easy to define.


in terms of
The difficulty of a problem was defined in terms of how long it took to complete.

Concise English dictionary

+give a definition for the meaning of a word
+determine the essential quality of
+determine the nature of
+show the form or outline of