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 The vehicle, which had been stolen in a car-jacking, was towed, determined to be too damaged to repair and estimated to be worth $5,000. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driver escapes after leading police on a 100 mph chase through three cities and causing multiple crashes," 7 Jan. 2020 Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe overcame determined Republican resistance to restore voting rights to approximately 173,000 former felons, but only managed to do so by signing off on each individual case. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Election Bias," 6 Jan. 2020 Nonetheless, determined scammers and telemarketers will likely find ways to get through, given the availability of cheap dialing technology and the big potential payoff from victims. NBC News, "Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won't end," 31 Dec. 2019 Nonetheless, determined scammers and telemarketers will likely find ways to get through, given the availability of cheap dialing technology and the big potential payoff from victims. Tali Arbel, The Denver Post, "Trump signs law to reduce robocalls, though they won’t end," 31 Dec. 2019 Fighting socialism: At great cost, Finland fought off the Soviet Union in World War II—and was determined not to become a vassal state of the Communists next door. National Geographic, "How can small clues further big discoveries?," 30 Dec. 2019 Outside the outsized spotlight of this biannual spectacle, however, the competition rages on platforms like Twitch, where determined runners stream their attempts to break into the all-important leaderboards hosted on Steven T. Wright, Ars Technica, "How the scourge of cheating is changing speedrunning," 22 Dec. 2019 Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose determined battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday., "Pete Frates, one of the inspirations for the Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at 34," 9 Dec. 2019 Priest Simpson, the Rams’ tall scoring threat, momentarily stole the momentum back with a determined 45-yard touchdown run, inflating the advantage back to 19-10. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park Sophomore Tigers, Junior Rams suffer TIFI Super Bowl defeats," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of determined

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for determined

see determine

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Determined.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce determined (audio)

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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