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The dictionary defines this word as derogatory.

Can I use "define as" like that? I don't mean the meaning of the word is "derogatory." I mean the word is perceived as derogatory, and the dictionary mentions that.

For example, the word "Yankee" is labeled "derogatory" on Lexico. Can I say that Lexico defines "Yankee" as derogatory?

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Yes, you can write it like that and be understood. More accurately, though, the dictionary notes that the word is derogatory rather than defines it thus.

CJ