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define (something) as (something)

To describe, designate, or label something as something. Oh, Molly's not coming to the parade because she defines these kind of events as chaotic and overwhelming.
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define something as something

to label something as being something. I define that kind of behavior as just plain rude! We have to define that comment as careless and unthinking.
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In most European countries and Canada, nihilism is not only the dominant culture but the national religion: rather than pass laws ratifying citizens' convictions about what is right and wrong, the all-powerful State now sets itself up as the definer of good and evil, in defiance of the deepest convictions of the population.
Portfolio size remains a potent definer of many of these organizations, but more often than not, "A-List" players--large and small--make their mark through perception, ingenuity, and agility.
We're working hard to further distinguish each brand," says Definer, director of interior/exterior design for the Chrysler Group.
The new version of the software includes additional database and systems management integration, a new process definer, Linux compatibility and the '.
Service is a true definer of the relationship between a customer and
Definer Model 2000 is an ultra-sanitary multi-purpose mill that is suitable for the deagglomeration of foods, pharmaceuticals, wet and dry chemicals in laboratory as well as production applications.
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Path Definer -- defining the future direction for the city, while believing that they can influence the city's future;
Through such vehicles, technology is cast in the role of instigator, definer, and enforcer of standards in medicine.
If you read the matrimonial advertisements that are an important feature of Indian newspapers, it seems that fairness of skin is the most important definer of beauty.
Most recently, he's been producing a point-of-purchase video for a lip definer called "The Downtown Look.
Dictionary editors try to write definitions that reflect what a word means as it is actually used, says the preface, "rather than what the definer or someone else thinks it ought to mean, and they want their definitions to be accurate, clear, informative, and concise.
In that the end of paid work and family-raising, those thresholds to the Third Age, technically create a life of leisure', then that all but becomes the definer of what older age is.