determine

verb
de·​ter·​mine | \ di-ˈtər-mən How to pronounce determine (audio) , dē- \
determined; determining

Definition of determine

transitive verb

1a : to fix conclusively or authoritatively determine national policy
b law : to decide by judicial sentence determine a plea
c : to settle or decide by choice of alternatives or possibilities trying to determine the best time to go
d : resolve she determined to do better
2a : to fix the form, position, or character of beforehand : ordain two points determine a straight line the extent to which genetics determines one's personality
b : to bring about as a result : regulate demand determines the price
3a : to fix the boundaries of
b : to limit in extent or scope
c : to put or set an end to : terminate determine an estate
4 : to find out or come to a decision about by investigation, reasoning, or calculation determine the answer to the problem determine a position at sea
5 biology : to bring about the determination (see determination sense 7) of determine the fate of a cell

intransitive verb

1 : to come to a decision had determined on becoming a doctor
2 : to come to an end or become void

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decide, determine, settle, rule, resolve mean to come or cause to come to a conclusion. decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy. she decided to sell her house determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something. determined the cause of the problem settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty. the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority. the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something. he resolved to quit smoking

discover, ascertain, determine, unearth, learn mean to find out what one did not previously know. discover may apply to something requiring exploration or investigation or to a chance encounter. discovered the source of the river ascertain implies effort to find the facts or the truth proceeding from awareness of ignorance or uncertainty. attempts to ascertain the population of the region determine emphasizes the intent to establish the facts definitely or precisely. unable to determine the origin of the word unearth implies bringing to light something forgotten or hidden. unearth old records learn may imply acquiring knowledge with little effort or conscious intention (as by simply being told) or it may imply study and practice. I learned her name only today learning Greek

Examples of determine in a Sentence

The new policy will be determined by a special committee. The demand for a product determines its price. He believes that one's personality is determined mostly by genetics. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. They are unable to accurately determine the ship's position at this time. Scholars have determined that the book was written in the late 16th century. I am trying to determine what happened and when. They are determining if they should stay. They determined to leave immediately.
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Recent Examples on the Web Precisely how many are still sitting on shelves is hard to determine because of reporting gaps. New York Times, 18 Sep. 2021 One prospect's game is certainly not enough of a gauge to determine just how good some of the future Arizona Coyotes will eventually be. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 18 Sep. 2021 Harris said the feds will use a formula based on hospitalizations and case numbers to determine each state’s allocation. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2021 The district’s apparent inability to determine which students and staff have been vaccinated may be a factor. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 City transportation officials have not said whether the lanes will be removed indefinitely, although a study is underway to determine their fate. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 The goal is to determine what buildings and properties could be included on the National Register of Historic Places and listed on the city’s Historic Property Register. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2021 One of the purposes of the count is to determine the number of congressional seats each state gets based on their population. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 For Bennett, the ultimate goal of this outreach is to determine the type of future people want to see. Katrina Miller, Wired, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of determine

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for determine

Middle English, from Anglo-French determiner, from Latin determinare, from de- + terminare to limit, from terminus boundary, limit — more at term entry 1

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The first known use of determine was in the 14th century

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determine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of determine

: to officially decide (something) especially because of evidence or facts : to establish (something) exactly or with authority
: to be the cause of or reason for (something)
: to learn or find out (something) by getting information

determine

verb
de·​ter·​mine | \ di-ˈtər-mən How to pronounce determine (audio) \
determined; determining

Kids Definition of determine

1 : to come to a decision They determined to leave immediately.
2 : to learn or find out exactly Police determined the cause of the accident.
3 : to be the cause of or reason for Demand determines the price of a product.
4 : to fix exactly and with certainty Yes, it was settled; his career was determined.— Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

determine

transitive verb
de·​ter·​mine | \ di-ˈtər-mən How to pronounce determine (audio) \
determined; determining\ -​ˈtərm-​(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce determine (audio) \

Medical Definition of determine

1a : to obtain definite information about with regard to quantity, character, magnitude, or location determine the ionic concentration determine the creatinine in blood serum
b : to discover the taxonomic position or the generic and specific names of
2 : to bring about the determination of determine the fate of a cell

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determine

transitive verb
de·​ter·​mine
determined; determining

Legal Definition of determine

: to make a determination regarding

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