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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Throngs were determined to make the effort, though, because the snow was better up high and the trails were wider. John Meyer, The Know, "Arapahoe Basin turns red, white and blue for Fourth of July skiing," 4 July 2019 Under Trump, both the executive and judicial branches seem determined to roll back the incremental progress this country has made. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Give the Left a Chance," 27 June 2018 Halgren noted that Toussaint was not determined to be at fault for hitting the running pedestrian, but was charged for failing to stop. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hit-run driver who killed UCSD student in Old Town given 3 years in prison," 26 June 2019 Police at the scene conducted a field sobriety test and determined Khoury was drunk, officials said. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Redwood City man faces murder charge in fatal DUI crash on Park Presidio Blvd.," 26 June 2019 Later, at the 24-hour veterinary clinic in San Francisco’s Mission District, the staff ran tests and determined Maizey was in no immediate danger. Kaiser Health News,, "Ruh-roh: What happens when your dog gets into your weed stash," 23 June 2019 Trump has been determined to go forward with the family operation after tweeting Monday that the immigration raids were coming ‘‘next week’’ as a first step toward his pledge for ‘‘millions’’ of deportations. Nick Miroff,, "ICE raids targeting migrant families slated to start Sunday in major US cities," 21 June 2019 Broussard was determined to make fellow Houstonians aware of this simple, vital need. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Ground Angels gives back to community through volunteering," 21 June 2019 Ruiz was determined to be impaired and was arrested for DUI and booked into the Mesa City Jail, Flam said. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Mesa police officer taken to hospital after drunk driver rear-ends patrol car," 17 June 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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