"define" search command with Google

Recruiters talk to a lot of people in a different industries, some of which they know, some of which they don’t. It’s important to understand what you’re talking about, especially when you are trying to impress a client or assess a potential candidate. Recruiters often turn to the web to better understand keywords or practices.

As you get deep into search and sourcing for candidates, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle not understanding terms. Forget Websters or un-targeted google searches. Try this technique below using Define with Google. It will save you some time and effort in keeping up with your converstion.

When you include “define,” “what is,” or “what are” in your query in front of a word, phrase, or acronym, Google displays one Glossary definition above your search results. Google Glossary provides definitions for words, phrases, and acronyms that Google finds on web pages. The Glossary is good for finding definitions for terms that aren’t in some dictionaries, e.g., slang words, technical terms, ethnic words and other specialized terms.

In February of 2003, Google acquired Pyra Labs, a company that makes it easy for you to create your own blog. What’s a blog? Let’s ask Google to define the term.

Google search box with [ define blog ].

Screen shot of a definition returned by the Google Glossary

So in review if you are looking to find a quick definition use this command below:

define: KEYWORD.

Recruiters, keep up appearances and know more about your industry. By using Define in Google, you can get the information you need quickly. It’s that simple.

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CEO/Founder RecruitingDaily and avid skier, coach and avid father of two trying to keep up with my altruistic wife. Producing at the sweet spot talent acquisition to create great content for the living breathing human beings in recruiting and hiring. I try to ease the biggest to smallest problems from start-ups to enterprise. Founder of RecruitingDaily and our merry band of rabble-rousers.


CEO/Founder RecruitingDaily and avid skier, coach and avid father of two trying to keep up with my altruistic wife. Producing at the sweet spot talent acquisition to create great content for the living breathing human beings in recruiting and hiring. I try to ease the biggest to smallest problems from start-ups to enterprise. Founder of RecruitingDaily and our merry band of rabble-rousers.


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