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Defining Things in English


Defining things

Defining things in English can be done using different expressions. A definition provides a detailed clarification of a term or idea. A good definition will draw on relevant details and examples in order to define something properly. The writer or the speaker can define something abstract, such as the idea of 'freedom', or something concrete such as a 'table'.

How to define things

These expressions can be used to define things:

X

can be defined as
can be described as
refers to
means

Y

Examples

  • Citizenship can be defined as the status of being a citizen who enjoys some rights and assumes some responsibilities/duties.
  • A stereotype can be described as a conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.
  • Illiteracy means the condition of being unable to read and write.
  • Culture refers to the arts, customs, and habits that characterize a particular society or nation.