Definition of defining adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈfaɪnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfaɪnɪŋ//
  1. 1that describes or shows the essential meaning of something Scotland's referendum is a defining moment for our nation. Front porches are a defining characteristic of Garfield's architecture. He believed that liberty was a defining characteristic of civilized society. Advertising is one of the defining features of our age.
  2. 2= restrictive (2)
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