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 for define
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Define \De*fine"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defined; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Defining.] [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F.
     d['e]finir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- +
     finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See
     Final, Finish.]
     1. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end.
        "To define controversies." --Barrow.
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     2. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark
        the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or
        country.
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     3. To determine with precision; to mark out with
        distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the
        defining power of an optical instrument.
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              Rings . . . very distinct and well defined. --Sir I.
                                                    Newton.
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     4. To determine the precise signification of; to fix the
        meaning of; to describe accurately; to explain; to expound
        or interpret; as, to define a word, a phrase, or a
        scientific term.
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              They define virtue to be life ordered according to
              nature.                               --Robynson
                                                    (More's
                                                    Utopia).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Define \De*fine"\, v. i.
     To determine; to decide. [Obs.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  define
      v 1: determine the essential quality of [syn: specify,
           define, delineate, delimit, delimitate]
      2: give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define
         `sadness'"
      3: determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?"
      4: show the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by
         the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"
         [syn: define, delineate]
      5: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify
         the parameters" [syn: specify, set, determine,
         define, fix, limit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  159 Moby Thesaurus words for "define":
     assign, baptize, be characteristic, bed, blaze, blaze a trail,
     blemish, blotch, bound, brand, call, chalk, chalk up, characterize,
     check, check off, christen, cicatrize, circle in, circumscribe,
     clarify, confirm, construe, dapple, dash, deep-dye, delimit,
     delimitate, delineate, demarcate, denominate, describe, designate,
     detail, determine, diagnose, differentiate, discolor, distinguish,
     dot, dub, earmark, edge, embed, enclose, engraft, engrave, entitle,
     entrench, establish, etch, explain, expound, fix, fleck, found,
     freckle, gash, ground, hatch, hem, identify, impact, implant,
     impress, imprint, infix, ingrain, inscribe, interpret, jam,
     keynote, label, lay down, lay off, limit, line, lodge, make a mark,
     margin, mark, mark boundaries, mark off, mark out,
     mark the periphery, mottle, name, nick, nickname, nominate, notch,
     outline, pack, pencil, pepper, plant, point, prick, print, punch,
     punctuate, puncture, read, read into, riddle, rim, root, rope off,
     scar, scarify, score, scotch, scratch, seal, seam, seat, set,
     set apart, set down, set in, set the limit, set the pace,
     set the tone, settle, skirt, sound the keynote, specify, speck,
     speckle, spell out, splotch, spot, stain, stake out, stamp, state,
     stereotype, stigmatize, streak, striate, stripe, style, surround,
     tag, take, take it that, take to mean, tattoo, term, tick,
     tick off, title, trace, underline, underscore, understand,
     understand by, verge, wedge
  
  

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