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 v.  determine the nature of; give a definition; explain the boundary or limits of
Classic Sentence: (64 in 5 pages)
1  Fear overcame me; I dared no advance, dreading a thousand nameless evils that made me tremble, although I was unable to define them.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 7
2  I became imbued with the notion on that first occasion before we sat down to dinner, but I cannot define by what means.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXII
3  From that night there grew up in my breast a feeling for Peggotty which I cannot very well define.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
4  The commencement of the tuberculous process we are not, as you are aware, able to define; till there are cavities, there is nothing definite.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 2: Chapter 1
5  His chief object, to define the position with the least amount of disturbance possible, would not be attained by divorce either.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 3: Chapter 13
6  But Vronsky felt that now especially it was essential for him to clear up and define his position if he were to avoid getting into difficulties.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 3: Chapter 19
7  But she saw him not from without, but from within; she saw that here he was not himself; that was the only way she could define his condition to herself.
Anna Karenina(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 7: Chapter 1
8  As to the nature of Selden's growing kindness, Gerty would no more have dared to define it than she would have tried to learn a butterfly's colours by knocking the dust from its wings.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 14
9  Easy, pleasant, lucrative home-work for wives: asking people to define their jobs.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
10  With that view, let me learnedly define it.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 53. The Gam.
11  I never tried to define it, but I was distinctly conscious of it.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 2. The Hired Girls: VI
12  It would have been a difficult matter for Mr. Pontellier to define to his own satisfaction or any one else's wherein his wife failed in her duty toward their children.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In IV
13  If I answer that question, I know you'll be at me with half a dozen others, each one harder than the last; and I'm not a going to define my position.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
14  How such a consciousness is communicated is very difficult to define, but it certainly is communicated very surely, and flows rapidly, imperceptibly, and irrepressibly, as water does in a creek.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER XIV
15  Only then, expressing known historic facts by equations and comparing the relative significance of this factor, can we hope to define the unknown.
War and Peace(V5) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 14: CHAPTER II
Example Sentence: (96 in 7 pages)
16  We can define burnout as exhaustion.
17  It's hard to define exactly what has changed.
18  It is difficult to define what makes him so popular.
19  They define sexual harassment as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature.
20  We need to define the task ahead very clearly.
21  Before proceeding further, we must define our terms.
22  I'll now try to define the term 'popular culture'.
23  No matter what label is thrown your way, only you can define yourself.
24  Definitions should not be more difficult to understand than the words they define.
25  We have chosen to define the scope of our study quite broadly.
26  Please listen while I define your duties.
27  The borderline between friendship and intimacy is often hard to define.
28  The report fails to define what is meant by the term 'key issues'.
29  It's difficult to define the exact nature of the problem.
30  Each school was encouraged to define its particular needs and prepare a programme which would best meet them.