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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 this activity, if they are able to identify works representative of a specific -ism successfully, the experience may validate for them that style/period classifications are not arbitrary (although they may not be able to define satisfactorily which elements in the works helped them in their classifications).
The OSDL DCL Technical Capabilities is the work of current OSDL member companies and interested individuals and defines over 300 prioritized capabilities.
The act defines the reporting requirements for reportable diseases for health care providers, medical examiners or coroners, pharmacists and veterinarians.
The ISO International Vocabulary of Basic and General Terms in Metrology (VIM) [4] defines calibration as follows:
Specialized programs help define a marketing niche.
This article defines a new syndrome that significantly influences medical, societal, and political thinking as it relates to health care--myth creation.
It appears to be a "Catch-22": Care expectations evolve from those who define the recipient, and recipients, in turn, define the care that they are to be given by their actions (or lack of same).
280F-6T(d)(2)(i) define QBU as any use in a trade or business of the taxpayer, rather than use in an investment or other activity conducted for the production of income.
For example, the Act provides for 92 percent target funding for 2008, but this cannot be determined until Treasury defines the discount rate required for the calculation.
It also defines the optical and copper interfaces and the cable plant.
Code [sections] 23649(e)(7) defines "small business" to mean a taxpayer that meets any of the following requirements during the income year for which the credit is allowed: (1) gross receipts of less than $50 million, or (2) net assets of less than $50 million, or (3) a total manufacturer's investment credit of less than $1 million.