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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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defining moment

1. A point in time at which some essential trait or aspect of someone's or something's character or nature is made apparent. Having to confront my boss was a defining moment for me—it was when I realized that I was so much stronger and more capable than I had been trained to believe. This will prove to be a defining moment in the political party's identity. Either they uphold their core ideologies, or they embrace the more extreme views that have been gaining mainstream popularity.
2. A point in time at which the future of someone or something is defined or decided. The release of their incredibly popular MyPhone was a defining moment for the company, turning them almost overnight into a major corporate juggernaut. I had always gotten good grades in school, but receiving the special award for my research project became a defining moment in my academic career.
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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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More formally, if [M.sub.1] and [M.sub.2] are both definably interpretable in N, is [M.sub.1] definably interpretable in [M.sub.2]?
Naturally James revises the personal and artistic questions arising in these few pages of Lorenzaccio, but it is clear that the episode established for him not only a personality and a situation but also a naive yet paradoxically worldly speaking voice which is excessive and definably dated in its idealism.
While these roles are definably different, both tend to focus on operations rather than direction, on management rather than leadership, on efficiencies rather than value.
The main difference seems to be that the contractarian approach attempts to stay within a definably "economic" framework where many of the aspects of reality discussed in terms of competences are translated into cost constructions.
[D]eath penalty cases have become so specialized that defense counsel has duties and functions definably different from those of counsel in ordinary cases....
The system is definably different, visually different and physically it feels different.
Only the sacred groves marking the ancestral centre of each land and patrician are definably 'out of bounds', and this is not because any particular taboo (tabu) marked them off but because they are felt to be dangerous, scary places.
Within marital status categories, household heads were less well off than non-heads if those non-heads were definably at immediate risk of heading their own household.
Third, the new abstraction will have to be definably economic in the sense that economists can still focus on "economic" problems from the perspective of the belief system that they uphold.
What, one wonders, is definably Irish about this process?
Other approaches that are social have adopted a macro-social approach and ask whether predispositions exist in cultures that might cause their members to act in definably similar or different ways; whether, for instance, some cultures might be considered more predisposed to risk taking than others.
So long as the kinds of concerns summarized by those terms can be intelligibly expressed, an argument can be made that we remain definably modern in our penal mentality.
But it comes from a manuscript containing definably Wycliffite writings, and its emphases are of a kind many Wycliffites would have approved of.
Sarfraz while praising Saeed Ajmal said Ajmal would definably trouble the Sri Lankan batsmen.