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< Middle English definen < Old French definer < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] definire (to limit, settle, define) < de- + finire (to set a limit, bound, end)

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Verb

Infinitive
to define

Third person singular
defin

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to define (third-person singular simple present defin, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To determine.
  2. To express the essential nature of something.
  3. To state the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol.
  4. To describe, explain, or make definite and clear.
  5. To demark sharply the outlines or limits of an area or concept.

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