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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdefinitiondef‧i‧ni‧tion /ˌdefəˈnɪʃən/ ●●○ S3 W2 AWL noun  1 [countable]MEANING a phrase or sentence that says exactly what a word, phrase, or idea meansdefine a dictionary definitiondefinition of There are many definitions of the word ‘feminism’.definition of something as something the definition of God as infinite2 by definition3 [uncountable]CLEAR/EASY TO SEE the clear edges, shapes, or sound that something has technologies such as high definition television good muscle definitionCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + definitionclear/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 definitionSome doctors don’t accept the dictionary definition of euthanasia, and want to create different categories of assisted death.the legal definition of somethingWhat is the legal definition of manslaughter?verbsgive a definitionCan 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.
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definitionCould one of the class give me a definition of the word "equilibrium"?More broadly, should a complete definition of democracy have more than electoral components?Hence the expansion of dictionary definitions descends into progressive generality, displaying a weaker and weaker semantic relationship with the original word.Sadly, even information specifically stored for secondary analysis can be marred by obscurities in definition that are not easily resolved.Alternatively, dictatorship might be better defined by the absence of a limited mandate-a critical factor in our definition of democracy.But perhaps we can waive our definitions and come to an understanding on the basis of an adjustment in the rent.These arguments present questions of the meaning of the Twenty-first Amendment, the bounds of which have escaped precise definition.The depth of the North-South divide, its precise definition, and directions of change are key issues for this volume.This was despite the government's stated aim that the definition of regulated activities should be sufficiently clear to avoid unnecessary registration.Obviously your definition of "rich" is very different from mine.definition ofWhat's the correct definition of the word "moot"?It depends on your definition of success.
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