Meaning of DEFINITION in English


def ‧ i ‧ ni ‧ tion S2 W2 AC /ˌdefəˈnɪʃ ə n, ˌdefɪˈnɪʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ define ; noun : ↑ definition ; adverb : ↑ definitely ≠ ↑ indefinitely ; adjective : ↑ definite ≠ ↑ indefinite ]

1 . [countable] a phrase or sentence that says exactly what a word, phrase, or idea means ⇨ define :

a dictionary definition

definition of

There are many definitions of the word ‘feminism’.

definition of something as something

the definition of God as infinite

2 . by definition if something has a particular quality by definition, it must have that quality because all things of that type have it:

People say that students are by definition idealistic and impatient.

3 . [uncountable] the clear edges, shapes, or sound that something has:

technologies such as high definition television

good muscle definition

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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + definition

▪ clear/precise

The head teacher gave us a precise definition of the school’s aims.

▪ broad (=including a lot of general ideas)

This is a very broad definition of what poetry is.

▪ narrow (=including only a few ideas)

Some psychiatrists still use a very narrow definition of mental illness.

▪ the dictionary definition

Some doctors don’t accept the dictionary definition of euthanasia, and want to create different categories of assisted death.

▪ the legal definition of something

What is the legal definition of manslaughter?

■ verbs

▪ give a definition

Can you give me a definition of 'psychology'?

▪ extend/broaden/widen a definition (=make it include more ideas)

The new law has broadened the definition of terrorism.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.