verb de·ter·mine \di-ˈtər-mən, dē-\

: to officially decide (something) especially because of evidence or facts : to establish (something) exactly or with authority

: to be the cause of or reason for (something)

: to learn or find out (something) by getting information


Full Definition of DETERMINE

transitive verb
a :  to fix conclusively or authoritatively <determine national policy>
b :  to decide by judicial sentence <determine a plea>
c :  to settle or decide by choice of alternatives or possibilities <trying to determine the best time to go>
d :  resolve <she determined to do better>
a :  to fix the form, position, or character of beforehand :  ordain <two points determine a straight line>
b :  to bring about as a result :  regulate <demand determines the price>
a :  to fix the boundaries of
b :  to limit in extent or scope
c :  to put or set an end to :  terminate <determine an estate>
:  to find out or come to a decision about by investigation, reasoning, or calculation <determine the answer to the problem> <determine a position at sea>
:  to bring about the determination of <determine the fate of a cell>
intransitive verb
:  to come to a decision
:  to come to an end or become void

Examples of DETERMINE

  1. The new policy will be determined by a special committee.
  2. The demand for a product determines its price.
  3. He believes that one's personality is determined mostly by genetics.
  4. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
  5. They are unable to accurately determine the ship's position at this time.
  6. Scholars have determined that the book was written in the late 16th century.
  7. I am trying to determine what happened and when.
  8. They are determining if they should stay.
  9. They determined to leave immediately.


Middle English, from Anglo-French determiner, from Latin determinare, from de- + terminare to limit, from terminus boundary, limit — more at term
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with DETERMINE


transitive verb de·ter·mine \di-ˈtər-mən\   (Medical Dictionary)
de·ter·minedde·ter·min·ing \-ˈtərm-(ə-)niŋ\

Medical Definition of DETERMINE

a :  to obtain definite information about with regard to quantity, character, magnitude, or location <determine the ionic concentration> <determine the creatinine in blood serum> b :  to discover the taxonomic position or the generic and specific names of
:  to bring about the determination of <determine the fate of a cell>


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