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TOEFL BNC: 1533 COCA: 2110


definition /ˌdɛfəˈnɪʃən/ noun
plural definitions
plural definitions
Learner's definition of DEFINITION
: an explanation of the meaning of a word, phrase, etc. : a statement that defines a word, phrase, etc.定义;释义
: a statement that describes what something is定义
[singular] : a clear or perfect example of a person or thing榜样;典范
[noncount] : the quality that makes it possible to see the shape, outline, and details of something clearly(形状、轮廓、细节等的)清晰
see also high-definition

by definition

: because of what something or someone is : according to the definition of a word that is being used to describe someone or something就本身而言;按定义
TOEFL BNC: 1533 COCA: 2110



def·​i·​ni·​tion ˌde-fə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce definition (audio)
: a statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol
dictionary definitions
: a statement expressing the essential nature of something
: a product of defining
: the action or process of stating the meaning of a word or word group
: the action or the power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear
the definition of a telescope
her comic genius is beyond definition
: clarity of visual presentation : distinctness of outline or detail
improve the definition of an image
: clarity especially of musical sound in reproduction
: sharp demarcation of outlines or limits
a jacket with distinct waist definition
: an act of determining
specifically : the formal proclamation of a Roman Catholic dogma
definitional adjective

Example Sentences

For the last eight years or so, I've been watching the evolution of bikes made for women. At the beginning of that time, there were a small number of women's bikes available, most offered with low-end, sometimes no-name, spec, as if by definition all women riders were beginners. Christine Bucher, Bicycling, March 2008 Not only is Ellen Byrne a chocolatier, but she takes the definition of artisan to a higher level. Amy Johansson, Chocolatier, February/March 2006 One kind of poverty is that of the imagination—the inability to envision a future truly different from the present. Jasmine had long judged people based on whether or not they gave her food and clothing, but, as she watched Carolyn and Gus and other families, she found herself mulling different gauges of worth. She'd been working lately on a definition of love. Katherine Boo, New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2005 Ideology thus provides definition of both systemic reality and values: it provides a set of preconceptions of what is and of what ought to be. Warren J. Samuels, Modern Economic Thought, (1977) 1993 What is the legal definition of a corporation? A week of fishing is my definition of a vacation. a monitor with good definition and vibrant colors See More
Recent Examples on the Web Machine learning has capacities that are real, but which transcend human understanding: the definition of magic. Stephen Marche, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2022 Now in the pitch-clock era, the definition is set to evolve yet again—even if unhappy players balk at the change. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 As racial, ethnic and language boundaries evolve, Latinos are defying categorization or definition in narrow terms. NBC news, 15 Sep. 2022 The state officials argue that the fentanyl crisis meets that definition. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2022 Among those questions is whether to extend the definition of discrimination beyond traditional measures like race, gender, or disability to include teenagers, rural communities, homeless people, or people who speak English as a second language. WIRED, 14 Sep. 2022 The third bill would amend the county’s definition of daycare center in the county zoning code to clarify that kindergarten classes approved by the Maryland State Department of Education may possibly be included. Jason Fontelieu, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2022 Many scholars have argued to revise the definition of genocide and of crimes against humanity to capture these violations and qualify them properly. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2022 Census tracts where at least 33% of the population lives more than 1 mile from a large grocery store in urban settings, or 10 miles in rural areas, meet the USDA’s definition of low access. Lauryn Azu And Joe States, Journal Sentinel, 13 Sep. 2022 See More

Word History


Middle English diffinicioun, borrowed from Anglo-French diffiniciun, definiciun, borrowed from Latin dēfīnītiōn-, dēfīnītiō "fixing of a boundary, precise description," from dēfīnīre "to mark the limits of, determine, define" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Time Traveler
The first known use of definition was in the 14th century
TOEFL BNC: 1533 COCA: 2110


ADJECTIVE | VERB + DEFINITION | DEFINITION + VERB | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEcareful, clear, concise, exact, precise, unambiguous慎重的/清楚的/簡明的/準確的/精確的/明確的定義The term 'partner' requires careful definition.partner 這個詞需要慎重定義。The author provides a clear definition of cultural awareness.作者給文化意識下了一個清楚的定義。comprehensive, exhaustive, inclusive全面的/窮盡的/概括的定義adequate, satisfactory充分的/令人滿意的定義broad, expanded, expansive, loose, wide廣義的定義;寬泛的定義narrow, rigid, rigorous, strict狹義的定義;嚴格的定義According to a strict definition, the expenses of a self-employed person can be deducted from tax.根據嚴格的定義,個體經營者的開支可從稅款中扣除。formal, official, statutory正式的/官方的/法律上的定義The firm falls within the statutory definition of a 'small company'.這家公司屬於法律上定義的“小公司”。dictionary字典定義legal, mathematical法律/數學定義The mathematical definition of an even number is one that is exactly divisible by 2.偶數在數學上的定義是能被 2 整除的數。accepted, conventional, standard, textbook, traditional公認的/常規/標準/課本上的/傳統的定義alternative另一種定義workable, working初步的定義We need a good working definition of 'pollution'.我們需要為“污染”下一個合適的初步定義。VERB + DEFINITIONgive (sb), offer (sb), propose, provide (sb with)給(某人)定義;(向某人)提供定義adopt, use採取/使用定義They have adopted a very narrow definition of success.他們採用了一種非常嚴格的關於“成功”的定義。fit, meet符合定義This unusual building barely fits the definition of a house.這幢獨特的建築幾乎稱不上房子。broaden, change, expand, stretch擴大/改變/擴充/延伸定義He has expanded the definition of sculpture.他擴展了對雕塑的定義。accept接受⋯定義She refused to accept the definition of woman as man's subordinate.她拒絕接受女人是男人附屬品的定義。DEFINITION + VERBencompass sth, include sth定義包括⋯PREPOSITIONaccording to a/the definition根據定義According to a strict definition of 'assault', she was not assaulted.根據“侵犯他人身體”的嚴格定義,她並沒有受到侵犯。by definition按定義A clinic for women would, by definition, deal with pregnancy and childbirth.婦科診所據其定義負責處理妊娠和分娩事宜。under a/the definition根據定義Under the broader definition of 'poverty', thousands more people would be included.根據“貧困”的廣義定義,還有數以千計的人要包括在內。

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