de·ter·mined | \-ˈtər-mənd \

Definition of determined 

1 : having reached a decision : firmly resolved was determined to become a pilot is determined not to let it happen again

2a : showing determination a determined effort

b : characterized by determination … will deter all but the most determined thief.Security World

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Other Words from determined

determinedly \-mənd-lē, -mə-nəd-lē \ adverb
determinedness \-mənd-nəs \ noun

Examples of determined in a Sentence

We are making a determined effort to correct our mistakes. his determined opponent would not be bluffed or shaken

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Judging by Lush's sales data, beauty shoppers seem determined to help the environment. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Sold 12,000 Shampoo Bars in Just Two Days Thanks to a Viral Video," 12 June 2018 In that case the Supremes seem determined to declare that union members have a constitutional right not to pay union fees for services that unions provide—like representing members at discipline hearings. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Politics With friends like Republican Jeanne Ives, Illinois women don’t need enemies," 5 June 2018 Kahfra’s cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, officials said. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Millionaire Murder Suspect Had Victim Dig Tunnels in Exchange for Tech Startup Investment, Prosecutors Say," 2 June 2018 West Virginia’s attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, went further in December, filing a lawsuit seeking to allow states to have further input in how quotas are determined. Lev Facher, STAT, "DEA plan to stem supply of prescription drugs draws skepticism," 24 Apr. 2018 The popularity of an exercise product or technique was determined based on the amount of promotion the fad received, either through advertisements or in the media. USA TODAY, "The biggest exercise fad the year you were born," 12 July 2018 David Fuller, of Dallas, was determined to take the avid option every day it was offered — four days in all. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Guided bike trip through hills of Tuscany offers unforgettable vistas and lessons," 10 July 2018 Born out of the tragic death of his son, Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler is determined to help high school students realize their dreams. John Maffei,, "Fowler offers helping hand for students who overcome obstacles," 27 June 2018 The remaining children were determined to be ineligible for various reasons, including having a parent with a criminal record or a parent who was already deported. Kristina Davis,, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of determined

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for determined

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English Language Learners Definition of determined

: having a strong feeling that you are going to do something and that you will not allow anyone or anything to stop you

: not weak or uncertain : having or showing determination to do something


de·ter·mined | \di-ˈtər-mənd \

Kids Definition of determined

1 : free from doubt about doing something He was determined to make it home.

2 : not weak or uncertain : firm She's making a determined effort.

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