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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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OSDL is committed to accelerating Linux use in enterprise-class datacenters by working with IT vendors, IT managers, and the Linux development community in an open environment to define what we need to bring Linux into widespread use in datacenters," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL.
The act also defines the process to terminate the emergency declaration.
The ISO International Vocabulary of Basic and General Terms in Metrology (VIM) defines uncertainty as a parameter, associated with the result of a measurement, that characterizes the dispersion of the values that could be reasonably attributed to the measurand (VIM 3.
They cannot achieve successful, meaningful outcomes for the recipient because the provider, not the recipient, defines the success of the outcomes.
274(i) defines a QNUV as any vehicle that, by reason of its nature, is not likely to be used more than a de minimis amount for personal purposes.