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Definition of determiner

: one that determines: such as
a : gene
b : a word (such as an article, possessive, demonstrative, or quantifier) that makes specific the denotation of a noun phrase

Examples of determiner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later that year, serendipity joined persistence and temerity as a determiner of the drug’s fate. Stephanie Stone, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2021 Yet the dividend alone is not the sole determiner of value. Moneyshow, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The property tax hike also created political headwinds, and his opponent said that was the main determiner in the race. Washington Post, 3 July 2020 Therefore the Mavericks need not worry about any tie-breakers because seeds’ first determiner will be winning percentage. Dallas News, 26 June 2020 Today, doing well in Iowa can give successful candidates the momentum to raise money and is often a determiner of success. Olivia Sally, Teen Vogue, 18 Jan. 2020 If fundraising is perhaps the biggest determiner of who will win, Plame is way, way out front. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2019 When winning a national championship is the only determiner of a successful season, playing Virginia in the Orange Bowl isn’t going to fire up the masses. John Talty |, al, 1 Dec. 2019 One key determiner to watch for, according to the Auto Club: crude prices, which account for nearly 60% of the pump price. Jeffrey Bair,, 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of determiner

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of determiner was circa 1530

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“Determiner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of determiner

: a word (such as "a," "the," "some," "any," "my," or "your") that comes before a noun and is used to show which thing is being referred to


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Kids Definition of determiner

: a word belonging to a group of noun modifiers that can occur before descriptive adjectives modifying the same noun "The" in "the red house" is a determiner.


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Medical Definition of determiner

: gene


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