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1 to give an opinion about (something at issue or in dispute)
  • a three-member panel will determine the case

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2 to come to a judgment about after discussion or consideration
  • trying to determine which direction we were facing

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3 to come upon after searching, study, or effort
  • we failed to determine the answer to the riddle

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4 to come to an end
  • your participation in the savings plan determines with the termination of your employment here

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5 to make final, definite, or beyond dispute
  • your choice of college could determine the rest of your life

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Frequently Asked Questions About determine

How does the verb determine differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of determine are decide, resolve, rule, and settle. While all these words mean "to come or cause to come to a conclusion," determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something.

determined the cause of the problem

When is it sensible to use decide instead of determine?

The words decide and determine are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy.

she decided to sell her house

When might resolve be a better fit than determine?

The synonyms resolve and determine are sometimes interchangeable, but resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something.

he resolved to quit smoking

When would rule be a good substitute for determine?

The meanings of rule and determine largely overlap; however, rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority.

the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible

When can settle be used instead of determine?

Although the words settle and determine have much in common, settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty.

the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy

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

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“Determine.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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