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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.
Zone based design for defining laminate specifications and requirements.
PipePak provides piping system designers and engineers with a tool for defining complete piping systems and performing structural analysis in compliance with industry-standard piping codes.
were the first to recognize the potential at Navidad and have played key roles in defining a style of mineralized system that was previously unrecognized in Patagonia.
Montgomery Partners is the business unit that specializes in defining and delivering alternative investment strategies designed specifically to complement core portfolio holdings.
They provide a means for defining the structure, content and semantics of XML documents.
The Massachusetts-based MSP Association, launched in June at PC Expo in New York, will define and promote the management service provider industry by providing a forum for discussion of industry issues, creating market education programs, sponsoring industry research and defining standards and best practices.
It has been described as providing 80% of the benefit of SGML with 20% of the effort and it is being embraced by a broad cross-section of the industry as the right language for defining the APIs necessary to make business software components talk to each other.
At Carlitos, Jordex completed a program of regional stream sediment geochemistry earlier this year, defining a prospective zone with strongly anomalous pan concentrate values in stream sediments.