English edit

Etymology edit

From Latin dēfīnītus, past participle of dēfīniō, whence also English define.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɛfɪnɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɛfɪnɪt/, /ˈdɛfənɪt/, /ˈdɛfənət/
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Adjective edit

definite (comparative more definite, superlative most definite)

  1. Having distinct limits.
    definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval
    • 1837, William Whewell, chapter 8, in History of the Inductive Sciences[1], volume 3, book 14, London: John W. Parker, page 145:
      [] elements combine in definite proportions []
  2. Free from any doubt.
    Synonym: unquestionable
    definite knowledge
  3. Determined; resolved; decided.
  4. (linguistics) Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing, or group of persons or things
    the definite article

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Noun edit

definite (plural definites)

  1. (grammar) A word or phrase that designates a specified or identified person or entity.
  2. (obsolete) Anything that is defined or determined.

Italian edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /de.fiˈni.te/
  • Rhymes: -ite
  • Hyphenation: de‧fi‧nì‧te

Verb edit


  1. inflection of definire:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Adjective edit


  1. feminine plural of definito

Latin edit

Verb edit


  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēfīniō

Adverb edit

dēfīnītē (comparative dēfīnītius, superlative dēfīnītissimē)

  1. precisely, distinctly, clearly, explicitly

References edit

  • definite”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Spanish edit

Verb edit


  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of definir combined with te