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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(2) According to the system of correlated particulars in different places to which they belong, such system being defined as a physical object.
If, again, she were defined as the Woman our More Fortunate Friend Marries, her unapproachableness would rob the definition of any practical value.
Though indeed some persons may have this further [1276a] doubt, whether a citizen can be a citizen when he is illegally made; as if an illegal citizen, and one who is no citizen at all, were in the same predicament: but since we see some persons govern unjustly, whom yet we admit to govern, though not justly, and the definition of a citizen is one who exercises certain offices, for such a one we have defined a citizen to be, it is evident, that a citizen illegally created yet continues to be a citizen, but whether justly or unjustly so belongs to the former inquiry.
Configuration can be defined as those dimensional values of the test components and constraints that can be defined by a specific number or relationship.
For financial reporting purposes, a plan of involuntary termination is defined as a plan that (a) identifies, at a minimum, the number of employees to be terminated, the job classifications or functions that will be affected and their locations, and when the terminations are expected to occur and (b) establishes the terms of the termination benefits in sufficient detail to enable employees to determine the type and amount of benefits they will receive if they are involuntarily terminated.
And so, success could be defined as being able to bench press 20 pounds more than he previously could, although he may still not lift an exceptional amount of weight.
"Human being" "Human" must include the human embryo, defined as beginning to exist from the beginning of penetration of the ovum by the sperm (sexual reproduction) or as the immediate product of asexual reproduction.
While defined as a "model act" the document is really a blueprint of the kinds of authorities needed in an emergency.
These processes begin with an exploration of the relationships among phenomena, defined as "Events experienced in the empirical world" (Grover & Glazier, 1986, p.
For example, the calibration of a chrome-carbide gauge block using a gauge block comparator and a steel master requires the correction for the differential mechanical penetration of the probe tips since the length of the block is defined as the undeformed length.
1.401-1(b)(1)(i), a pension plan is defined as a plan established and maintained by an employer primarily to provide systematically for the payment of definitely determinable benefits to its employees over a period of years after retirement.
In contrast, Nabisco's benefit was defined as a cash balance account that grew with interest.
SINGE THE DAWN OF human history, there has been a recurrent cultural "syndrome." Defined as the pattern of symptoms, physical findings, or other stereotypical events, a syndrome indicates a particular social condition.
* Control of an entity is defined as the ability to direct the policies and management that guide the ongoing activities of another entity so as to in & ease the benefits and limit the losses from those activities.
Retirement plans are generally defined as plans that pay benefits in a retirement income form from either a defined benefit plan or a profit-sharing plan.
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