determined

adjective
de·​ter·​mined | \ -ˈtər-mənd How to pronounce determined (audio) \

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 How to pronounce determinedly (audio) , -​mə-​nəd-​lē \ adverb
determinedness \ -​mənd-​nəs How to pronounce determinedness (audio) \ 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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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington apologized for the incident, promising an investigation that could lead to punishment up to expulsion if any wrongdoing by the students was determined. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "3 groups, many videos, many interpretations of D.C. encounter," 22 Jan. 2019 Intel’s message in announcing Swan is of a guy determined to stay the course. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel makes Bob Swan its permanent CEO, maintaining a slow, steady course away from the PC," 31 Jan. 2019 Many migrants at Mexico’s southern border say they are unfazed by the obstacles and remain determined to leave behind a life of poverty, violence and political turmoil in Honduras. Juan Montes, WSJ, "New Caravan Grows as Mexico Eases Passage," 22 Jan. 2019 This clip from her October 2013 nuptials with Brandon Blackstock is so sweet, even true love's most determined naysayers' will get a tooth ache. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson's Gorgeous Wedding Video Will Make You Ugly Cry," 13 Jan. 2019 Denhollander and Ford appear determined to keep the conversation going. Emily Stewart, Vox, "“In stepping forward, you took a huge risk”: Christine Blasey Ford honors Rachael Denhollander, who spoke up about Larry Nassar," 12 Dec. 2018 Midge—the titular character of Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which dropped its second season yesterday—is a smart, ambitious, funny, hard-working, determined woman. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Midge Maisel Isn’t the Feminist Hero You’re Looking For—and That’s Okay," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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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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determined

adjective

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

determined

adjective
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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