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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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To achieve that aim jurisdictions must define and enact enabling language in their accountancy laws or statutes.
We know very little about how teachers define 'research' and how they understand the overall relationship between research and teaching.
SLAs are similar to a Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) in that they define quality and performance requirements, they contain penalties for non-performance, and they establish quality control methods to ensure compliance.
The specification developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) to define the interface is called the SMI Specification or SMI-S.
Sometimes these deviations are erroneously referred to as "corrections," however VIM 3.15 clearly defines corrections as the negative of the estimated systematic error which involves the "true" (not nominal) value associated with the measurand.
The struggle to define the basic units of conservation "has huge consequences," she says.
The second is vertically defined and defines the relationship among groups.
The statute defines an occupant as a person, other than the tenant or a member of the tenant's family, who occupies the apartment with the tenant's consent.
Each provider's label for the care recipient thus defines the provider's overall interaction with the caregiver in a nursing home.
It defines your current customer base, their needs and how your product/service will satisfy those needs.
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.
Finally, MIL-STD-2175 defines inspection requirements for each class.
The Office of Consumer Services defines a consumer-operated service as ".
Section 32(m) defines the term TIN for purposes of the EIC as a Social Security number issued by the Social Security Administration (other than a number issued under clause II or the portion of clause III that relates to clause II of section 205(c)(2)(B)(i) of the Social Security Act).
In response, The Center for Fiduciary Studies and the AICPA have published Practices & Standards for Investment Fiduciaries, which defines prudent standards and processes for investment fiduciaries--those who manage property for the benefit of others; exercise discretionary authority or control over assets; and act in a professional capacity of trust or render comprehensive and continuous investment advice.