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determine

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of determine

  1. 1 to give an opinion about (something at issue or in dispute) a three-member panel will determine the case Synonyms of determine adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, decide, judge, referee, rule (on), settle, umpireWords Related to determine consider, deem, deliberate, hear, ponder, weigh; size up; mediate, moderate, negotiate; prosecute, try; find (for or against); conclude, resolve; redetermine, rejudgeNear Antonyms of determine equivocate, hedge, pussyfoot, skirt

  2. 2 to come to a judgment about after discussion or consideration trying to determine which direction we were facing Synonyms of determine choose, conclude, decide, figure, name, opt, resolve, settle (on or upon)Words Related to determine decree, rule; cull, elect, handpick, pick, prefer, select, single (out); adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, find, judge, referee, rule (on), umpire; chew over, cogitate, consider, contemplate, debate, deliberate, entertain, meditate, mull (over), ponder, question, ruminate, study, think (about or over), weighNear Antonyms of determine abstain, decline, refuse, reject, turn down; delay, halt, hesitate, stall, temporize; shilly-shally, vacillate, waffle, waver

  3. 3 to come upon after searching, study, or effort we failed to determine the answer to the riddle Synonyms of determine ascertain, descry, detect, find, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), learn, locate, nose out, root (out), rout (out), rummage, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn upWords Related to determine espy, sight, spot; look for, search (for or out), seekNear Antonyms of determine lose, mislay, misplace, missetAntonyms of determine miss, overlook, pass over

  4. 4 to come to an end your participation in the savings plan determines with the termination of your employment here Synonyms of determine break off, break up, close, conclude, dead-end, cease, die, discontinue, elapse, end, expire, finish, go, halt, lapse, leave off, let up, pass, quit, stop, terminate, wind up, wink (out)Words Related to determine desist (from), lay off (of), refrain (from); give over [British], knock off, pack (up or in); break down, conk (out), cut out, stall; pause, stay, suspend; abate, peter (out), wind downNear Antonyms of determine draw out, extend, prolong, protractAntonyms of determine continue, hang on, persist

  5. 5 to make final, definite, or beyond dispute your choice of college could determine the rest of your life Synonyms of determine decide, clinch, nail, settleWords Related to determine demonstrate, establish, nail (down), prove, show; affirm, assure, ensure, insure, secure; define, specify, state, stipulate; clarify, clear (up), illuminate; conclude, end, finishNear Antonyms of determine confuse, muddle, muddy, unsettle

Synonym Discussion of 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


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