2011년 10월 26일 수요일

Dic: definite (how it can be defined)

I.
[Collins 3] known for certain; sure
[OALD 1] definite (that…) sure or certain; unlikely to change
[COBUILD 1] If something such as a decision or an arrangement is definite, it is firm and clear, and unlikely to be changed.

  • Can you give me a definite answer by tomorrow? 
  • Is it definite that he's leaving?
  • I've heard rumours, but nothing definite.
  • a definite offer of a job
  • I'm not sure—I can find out for definite if you like.
  • That's definite then, is it?
  • They have very definite ideas on how to bring up children.
  •  It's too soon to give a definite answer.
  • Her Royal Highness has definite views about most things.
  • She made no definite plans for her future.
II.
[Collins 1] clearly defined; exact; explicit
[OALD 2] easily or clearly seen or understood; obvious (= clear)
[COBUILD 2] usu ADJ n Definite evidence or information is true, rather than being someone's opinion or guess.
  • The look on her face was a definite sign that something was wrong.
  • There was a definite feeling that things were getting worse.
  • We didn't have any definite proof.
III.
[OALD 3] (not before noun) definite (about something)| definite (that…) (of a person) sure that something is true or that something is going to happen and stating it to other people
[COBUILD 4] Someone who is definite behaves or talks in a firm, confident way.
  • I'm definite about this.
  • Mary is very definite about this.
IV.
CF. [Collins 2] having precise limits or boundaries
CF. [COBUILD 3] ADJ n You use definite to emphasize the strength of your opinion or belief. (= real)
  • There has already been a definite improvement.
  • That's a very definite possibility.

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