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 determined (audio) , -​mə-​nəd-​lē , dē-​ \ adverb
determinedness \ di-​ˈtər-​mənd-​nəs How to pronounce determined (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 Sweet, naive but determined Gina (Yany Prado) was trafficked from Cuba by a man who promised to set her up as a waitress. Judy Berman, Time, "The 5 Best New Shows Our TV Critic Watched in March 2021," 31 Mar. 2021 Officers received conflicting stories about the firearm and determined nothing was stolen from the vehicle. cleveland, "Drunken driver clueless to his whereabouts: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 26 Mar. 2021 Desperate and determined, our protagonist is forced to reunite with her father (Ray Romano) in her quest for freedom with a bounty hunter (Dan Bakkedahl) hot on her heels, and her husband watching her every move. Ineye Komonibo,, "HBO Max’s Made For Love Turns A Modern Romance Into A Toxic High Stakes Chase," 23 Mar. 2021 The series is the work of breakout creator Little Marvin, who is determined to draw a distinction between horror and terror with the project. Mia Uzzell, Essence, "Exclusive Look At Amazon’s Latest Thriller ‘Them’," 16 Mar. 2021 Adults under the age of 65 who are determined to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by a physician. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Here’s the latest rundown of rules for every COVID-19 vaccine site," 15 Mar. 2021 The weapon was recovered and determined to be a large bamboo stick with a makeshift handle. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Man suspected of assaulting 69-year-old with 'wooden karate sword' arrested in Petaluma," 14 Mar. 2021 Our movement’s central tenet — to protect the Founding — demands a rousing, a call to arms, and forceful and determined counterattack that gives no quarter and allows for no sunshine patriots. Jack Fowler, National Review, "The Two-Pronged Assault on American Democracy," 12 Mar. 2021 Noa was compassionate, determined, optimistic and a warrior, Susan said., "Help support local journalism like this," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Determined.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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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