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 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 Not all homicides are determined to be unjustified or to be murders. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during Capitol riot will not be charged," 14 Apr. 2021 Now at Pace University in New York, Foster is determined to keep the pressure on politicians — and expects to do so until the planet is no longer in trouble. Eileen Finan,, "Meet Jerome Foster II, Teen Climate Hero and Greta Thunberg's Friend: Saving the Planet Is 'Up to Us'," 14 Apr. 2021 He was determined to become a columnist in Europe but didn’t have a news outlet to write for. New York Times, "Jeffrey Paley, Journalist, Gallerist and Investor, Dies at 82," 13 Apr. 2021 Jerry Abraham is determined to ensure California's most vulnerable communities have access to the Covid-19 vaccine. Nicquel Terry Ellis And Priya Krishnakumar, CNN, "California struggles with vaccine equity as state prepares to expand eligibility to all adults," 12 Apr. 2021 This also was determined to be consistent with the trauma Woods sustained. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Collision report reveals Tiger Woods' confusion, low blood pressure in Southern California crash," 9 Apr. 2021 They still are determined to add speed and athleticism on defense. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Make or break year for Joe Woods? Browns and OBJ’s future? Hey, Terry," 7 Apr. 2021 The grand spirals and ellipticals in the sky were determined to be enormous, distant collections of stars well outside of the Milky Way: galaxies unto themselves. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "How Scientists Use Hydrogen Gas, In Space And On Earth, To Measure The Big Bang," 6 Apr. 2021 Now Biden is determined to push a bill through, over Republican opposition. NBC News, "Meet the Press - April 04, 2021," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of determined

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for determined

see determine

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19 Apr 2021

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“Determined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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