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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After leaving a message on his childhood love’s answering machine, Jack is determined to erase the message at any cost. Vogue, "The Best New Year’s Eve–Theme Movies and TV Shows to Watch Tonight," 31 Dec. 2018 Nick is determined to automate the store's processes and lay off workers, while Ellie tries to convince him that nothing can replace real people. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "55 New Christmas Movies You Can Watch on TV This Holiday Season," 1 Oct. 2018 Leicester City remain determined to sign Croatian centre back Domagoj Vida, and have raised their bid in an effort to pip Everton to the post in signing the 29-year-old, according to reports., "Leicester Increase Bid for Croatian World Cup Star as Everton Enter Race for Defenders Signature," 28 June 2018 Authorities said that during the investigation, both girls were determined to be victims of human trafficking. Diana Lambert And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Former high school coach pleads no contest to human trafficking, gets 13-year sentence," 27 June 2018 While the initial prognosis wasn’t good, Atherley was determined to fight back. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "UM heptathlete Michelle Atherley bounces back from knee injury to earn a spot in NCAA Outdoor Nationals," 6 June 2018 Half the country remains determined to read that ending as vindication of a sociopathic but sympathetic good guy with a gun. Michael Phillips,, "'First Reformed' filmmaker Paul Schrader on hope, despair and 'this odd moment we're in now'," 22 May 2018 Everything about their new way of life goes against the grain for Will, who remains determined to raise his daughter holistically. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "New dad Ben Foster talks 'mighty humbling' parenthood and 'Leave No Trace' at Cannes," 15 May 2018 The dagger blade was determined to be a similar age. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "3,500-Year-Old Swiss Relic Might Be Europe's Oldest Bronze Sculpture," 26 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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