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
Recent Examples on the Web Nationally, Oregon wants Houston, Memphis, North Carolina and Fresno State to win as much as possible, though the Tar Heels seem determined to continue into a season-long death spiral. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks men’s basketball resume review: Biggest road trip of season awaits in desert," 19 Feb. 2020 And the Dallas Stars — a team that was in disarray in October and lost its coach in December — seem determined to do something about it. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "In an adverse season, it feels like the Dallas Stars’ time in the Stanley Cup chase has arrived," 18 Feb. 2020 As her little brother achieves milestones like eating solid food, rolling over and crawling, Ava seems determined to follow. Michelle Matthews |, al, "‘Small but mighty’ toddler, against odds, learns to walk," 18 Feb. 2020 Yet the mainstream media seems determined to undermine her viability. Kathleen Walsh, TheWeek, "The sidelining of Elizabeth Warren," 12 Feb. 2020 Although many people in the city defended his claim to freedom, federal authorities were determined to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act, passed by Congress in 1850, and return him to the South. Mark Peterson, The New York Review of Books, "‘There Was a Boston Once’," 11 Feb. 2020 In the final push before the caucuses, Klobuchar seems more determined than ever to widen the ideological divide between her own, pragmatic platform and those of her competitors who lean further left. Abby Vesoulis/cedar Falls, Time, "Amy Klobuchar Distances Herself From Her Progressive Rivals, Emphasizes Kitchen Table Issues in Closing Iowa Pitch," 2 Feb. 2020 The Celtics seemed determined not to allow the 76ers to sweep the season series. Gary Washburn,, "76ers fall apart on the road — again," 1 Feb. 2020 The deals have been masterminded by international scout Juni Calafat who seems determined not to miss out on the new Neymar. Ben Church, CNN, "Real Madrid signs teenager Reinier Jesus in ongoing hunt for Brazil's next superstar," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of determined was in 1513

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24 Feb 2020

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“Determined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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