determined

adjective
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

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Other Words from determined

determinedly \ di-​ˈtər-​mənd-​lē How to pronounce determinedly (audio) , -​mə-​nəd-​lē , dē-​ \ adverb
determinedness \ di-​ˈtər-​mənd-​nəs How to pronounce determinedness (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

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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

adjective

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

determined

adjective
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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