Is there a word that means the opposite of "define"

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by animalsRawesome, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, when you give someone a word and tell them to tell you what it means, you are telling them to define the word. What if you give them the definition ask what word it is defining is? Does that make sense? Is there a word for that? I don't know. There has to be. If not, I think we need to make one up!
     
  2. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Hmm, would "Identify" work? :p
     
  3. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooh. That's pretty good actually. I think I will use that. I feel like maybe there still is a different word for it though. Like "identify" isn't specifically just for that, ya know. Identify could be used for other things too. hmmm. I'm not sure.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    obscure, misrepresent, distort are all opposites of 'define'.
     
  5. Fierlin1182

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    Yeah, you're right, it's not very precise. But for the situation you're describing, personally I would go with "identify" seeing as it seems to fit the bill okay. And I don't know all that many words. :p

    I actually did think of "obscure" at first (like sourland) when I read the title of the thread, but then I saw what you wanted to use the word for and realised obscure probably wouldn't do the job.
     

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