define collocations and examples

 UK /dɪˈfaɪn/

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to describe clearly and exactly what something is

Adverbs frequently used with define
clearly: clearly, explicitly, sharply, wellEvery military operation should have a clearly defined objective.exactly: accurately, exactly, preciselyIt is not possible to define precisely what makes up the output of a plumber.badly: ill, poorlyEmployees should not have ill-defined, shifting objectives.

Usage note

Define is always passive in these combinations: The current system is made up of poorly defined rules.Ill-defined research methods.

strictly: narrowly, rigidly, strictly, tightlyThere is a danger that research may become too narrowly defined.not strictly: broadly, loosely, vaguelyHere we will also broadly define the concept of localization.

Nouns frequently used as the object of define
aim: aim, goal, objectiveFive key objectives are defined in their policy statement.limit: limit, parameters, scopeThe constitution defines the limits of individuals’ participation in political decision-making.standard that mut be achieved: criteria, requirement, standardThey haven’t clearly defined the criteria by which students are admitted.purpose: function, roleThe charter defines the role of the mayor and councillors.
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