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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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On the one hand, this activity attempts to demystify the critical process of defining -isms.
Since agents work on commission and are paid only when their efforts are successful, defining the commission structure is critical for every agent.