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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Though a destination has not been determined, Class AAA Round Rock is at home through Tuesday. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros mailbag: When will Jose Altuve return to action?," 13 June 2019 Schaefer started teaching the ins and outs of spelling in the early 1970s, and, as the legend of his storied passion grows among Denver’s spelling whiz kids, Schaefer is determined to train a successor to his spelling throne. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "“Bill’s kids”: A 77-year-old Denverite has dedicated his life to coaching spelling for free “out of the goodness of his heart”," 10 June 2019 Investigators also haven't yet determined contributing factors to the collision. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Woman killed, man hospitalized after Oldham County crash on U.S. 42," 9 June 2019 Incapable of accepting the truth about her son, Mary Louise is determined to uncover the truth about his death. Mark Dawidziak,, "Meryl Streep is powerful addition to ‘Big Little Lies’," 7 June 2019 In 2017, a disturbance on radar in Billings, Montana, was determined to be chairlifts at the Red Lodge Mountain ski area. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Ladybug swarm detected by weather radar over Southern California," 5 June 2019 Kenneth Freeman, charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the January death of nurse practitioner Carlie Beaudin, was determined not mentally competent to continue his case Tuesday. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man accused of killing 33-year-old Froedtert nurse remains in mental health institution for incompetency," 4 June 2019 After her experience, Grace and her family were determined to give back to the organization. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How 21 Interior Designers Rallied Around a Young Girl with Cancer," 29 Apr. 2019 After Anne's passing in 1905, Anna was determined to honor her mother's legacy. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Mother's Day? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Holiday," 7 Feb. 2019

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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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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