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Writing: Defining vs describing demonstration

How do I re-write this in definition? My instructor says this decribes not defines.

Sitting in my Daughter's bedroom is an old teddy bear. It doesn't look like anything special, just a plain white teddy bear standing about 15 inches tall. It has black buttons for eyes, and the white stuffing is poking out of several holes along the seams. My Daughter named it Whitey. Its fur now is rough from repeated washings. Most people wouldn't even give it a second look. It's just like millions of other raggedy teddy bears. However, although it doesn't look like much, this bear is very special to my Daughter.
This teddy bear was a gift from me when she was a child. It was one of the few presents I bought that she loved. She has slept with it every night and still does. I remember her crying when its eyes fell off, and my Wife had to carefully sewed two buttons on to replace them. Its history gives it a personality that is priceless to me, and my Daughter. Now, my hopes are she will save Whitey for when she has children.

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Ask yourself this: What IS a teddy bear, exactly?

When defining, there are two levels of definition. There is the denotative meaning of words and the connotative meaning. The denotative meaning is the dictionary definition of a word. The origin of the "teddy bear" can be found at this website:

Essentially, the name "teddy" came from U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who was an avid hunter and sportsman. He once went on what was supposed to be a bear hunt but what actually turned out to be what we would today term a ...

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The defining versus describing demonstration in writing are examined.