ADJ. careful, clear, concise, exact, precise, unambiguous The term ‘partner’ requires careful definition. The author provides a clear definition of cultural awareness. | comprehensive, exhaustive | adequate, satisfactory | broad, loose, wide | narrow, rigid, strict According to a strict definition, the expenses of a self-employed person can be deducted from tax. | official, statutory The firm falls within the statutory definition of a ‘small company’. | conventional, standard | alternative | working We need a good working definition of ‘pollution’. | dictionary
VERB + DEFINITION give (sb), provide (sb with), offer (sb) | need, require | fit This unusual building barely fits the definition of a house.
DEFINITION + VERB encompass sth, include sth
PREP. according to a/the ~ According to a strict definition of ‘assault’, she was not assaulted. | by ~ A clinic for women would, by definition, deal with pregnancy and childbirth. | under a/the ~ Under the broader definition of ‘poverty’, thousands more people would be included.