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 Thomas plays Davey, who is determined to stop bad guys from getting their hands on a video game full of U.S. military secrets. Jeanne Jakle,, "Take a drive through San Antonio movie history from ‘Sugarland Express’ to ‘Selena’ and ‘Spy Kids’," 13 May 2020 Over the past few years, Lulu, who was determined to educate herself on legal matters, had tried to find a way to freedom. Justine Van Der Leun, The New Republic, "Death of a Survivor," 3 May 2020 Throwback win | Iran’s hard-liners registered a victory in parliamentary elections, handing the legislature to people determined to turn the clock back on reconciliation with the West. Rosalind Mathieson,, "A Decades-Old Power Struggle Comes to a Boil," 29 Apr. 2020 The game plays out via split-screen as each player takes the role of one of two brothers, Vincent or Leo, who are determined to team up and bust out of prison together. Nick Romano,, "A videogame for every one of your quarantine moods," 28 Apr. 2020 There are those who are content to sit on the couch and ride out the situation on a steady stream of Netflix and those who are determined to emerge from sheltering in place in better physical shape than ever. Melissa Locker, Time, "This Man Climbed the Equivalent of Mount Everest at Home During Social Isolation," 22 Apr. 2020 Their determined optimism reflects a common sentiment in the Northern California town of Paradise, where the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history swept through on Nov. 8, 2018. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Fighting ‘invisible fire’: Why Paradise is ready for coronavirus.," 20 Apr. 2020 The bedroom door stays firmly shut to keep out the cat, who is determined to get in and who howls outside it at night. Jessica Lustig, New York Times, "What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick With Coronavirus," 24 Mar. 2020 To this day, the identity of the middle child, who was determined to be Rasmussen’s biological daughter, remains unidentified. Lauren Effron, ABC News, "How a Jane Doe child case uncovered a serial killer, identified victims and changed the use of DNA forensics," 19 Mar. 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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18 May 2020

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“Determined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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