de·​ter·​mined | \ di-ˈtər-mənd How to pronounce determined (audio) , dē- \

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

Other Words from determined

determinedly \ di-​ˈtər-​mənd-​lē How to pronounce determined (audio) , -​mə-​nəd-​lē , dē-​ \ adverb
determinedness \ di-​ˈtər-​mənd-​nəs How to pronounce determined (audio) , dē-​ \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Noah is determined to make what may their last summer together in Fire Island especially memorable. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 5 May 2022 Held hitless Tuesday, the Torrey Pines High baseball team was determined to make a statement Thursday. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2022 The pair are also determined to make the long distance work. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Apr. 2022 In the wake of the recent shootout in Sacramento — now thought to be a gang battle involving at least five shooters — gun-control zealots are determined to take away the people’s rights and give them more of what doesn’t work. Cody J. Wisniewski, National Review, 27 Apr. 2022 But the Saints and Winston are determined to make the best of it. Mark Inabinett |, al, 2 Apr. 2022 Players have gradually seen the luxury tax evolve into a de facto salary cap over the past two decades, and were determined to make up ground lost in previous CBAs. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2022 Whether the Great Resignation will end up empowering workers in the long term is yet to be fully realized, but Otta is determined to make recruiting more employee-focused. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2022 The early 1970s saw a rapid increase in Black enrollment in higher education, and Dr. McBay was determined to make the most of it, especially in math and science, where Black students were historically few. New York Times, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Determined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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de·​ter·​mined | \ di-ˈtər-mənd How to pronounce determined (audio) \

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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