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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Choose the Right Synonym for determine

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 State law requires that the order of the names of certified candidates on the ballot be determined by lots drawn at a public meeting. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Here's how Democratic presidential hopefuls will appear on Arizona's 2020 primary ballot," 11 Dec. 2019 The Dolphins, who have used nine different combinations of starting offensive linemen in 13 games, will likely have the offensive linemen continue to compete to determine who plays what spot, so Deiter should have a chance to redeem himself. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Is Michael Deiter’s Dolphins demotion a teaching tool or sign of trouble? | Commentary," 10 Dec. 2019 Overall, policymakers from the CFA franc zone should analyze the various options to determine a short-term and long-term plan that will increase growth and lead to equitable development of countries that are at different stages. Landry Signé, Quartz Africa, "How the France-backed African CFA franc works as an enabler and barrier to development," 7 Dec. 2019 In the 1930s, the Harvard Study of Adult Development showed that the quality of people’s relationships can determine their physical and mental health. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "“She comes, they are happy”: How communal grandparents are helping raise Finnish children," 6 Dec. 2019 Yet Wistar told the NIH that the value of Weiner’s ownership stake could not readily be determined. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Federally Funded Health Researchers Disclose at Least $188 Million in Conflicts of Interest. Can You Trust Their Findings?," 6 Dec. 2019 The New York Times’ 1619 Project is an ambitious pedagogical effort, meant to be distributed in schools, arguing that all of American history has been determined by the first unloading of black slaves in Jamestown 400 years ago. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 5 Dec. 2019 State Police also noted that a preliminary investigation determined that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the fatal crash, but the incident remains under investigation. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Former Miss Pakistan World Zanib Naveed Tragically Dies at 32 in Maryland Car Crash," 5 Dec. 2019 After authorities determined that the student was no longer on the campus, police were sent to his residence on Gascoigne Drive. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A student was taken into custody after a report of a gun at Waukesha North High School," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Determine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/determining. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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More Definitions for determine

determine

verb
How to pronounce determine (audio)

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, Tom Sawyer

determine

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