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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The crestfallen yet determined Litchfield community, now at the mercy of guards with revenge on their minds, has been shaken to the core. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, ""Orange is the New Black" Season 6 Has the Women Striving for Peace and Community More Than Ever," 27 July 2018 With Jack Wilshere set to leave the club on a free transfer, Emery is determined to bolster his midfield options, and could well look to bring in both Herrera and Torreira., "Arsenal Set Sights on Mexican World Cup Ace as Deal for Sampdoria Powerhouse Edges Closer," 28 June 2018 Then a distraught but determined 6-year-old Salvadoran girl pleads repeatedly for someone to call her aunt. Ginger Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Listen to children who’ve just been separated from their parents at the border," 18 June 2018 Senior forward Niamh Hehir and her Lemont teammates are determined to make history rather than repeat it. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Perfect timing: Niamh Hehir comes off bench with goal and assist as Lemont tops Providence for sectional title," 26 May 2018 Gregorio's descent from heartbroken but determined storm victim to this moment of despair is a path traveled by many older people here in Puerto Rico. Sarah Varney, CNN, "Isolation leads to despair, suicide among older Puerto Ricans," 11 May 2018 And so Anikeeva became determined to design flexible fibers that could interface with the nervous system without damaging it, transmitting signals to reconnect nerves or stimulate neurons. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 What Lyft Is Doing Forever determined to not be outdone, Lyft launched its own The Ride to Vote initiative a couple weeks before Uber's announcement. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "How to Get to the Polls on Election Day for Free, or Close to It," 19 Oct. 2018 The breakthrough came after days of uncertainty, with EU countries either reluctant to act on the divisive migrant issue or determined to halt the migrant flow. Fox News, "5 EU countries reach deal to end limbo of rescued migrants," 25 Sep. 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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