- to settle or decide (an argument, question, etc) conclusively, as by referring to an authority
- (transitive) to ascertain or conclude, esp after observation or consideration
- (transitive) to shape or influence; give direction to
- (transitive) to fix in scope, extent, variety, etc: the river determined the edge of the property
- to make or cause to make a decision: he determined never to marry
- (transitive) to define or limit (a notion) by adding or requiring certain features or characteristics
- (transitive) to fix or specify the position, form, or configuration of
- chiefly to come or bring to an end, as an estate or interest in land
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- to settle, resolve, or decide (a dispute, etc.): [~ + object]The date of the election has yet to be determined.[~ + to + verb]They determined to leave the school at once.[~ + (that) clause]They determined that they would travel to Texas this summer.
- to conclude or figure out, such as after thinking over, or observing[~ + object]I tried to determine the reasons for her actions.
- to cause, affect, or control[~ + object]Demand usually determines supply.
determine is a verb, determined is an adjective, determination is a noun:Scientists were able to determine the curvature of space. He is determined to succeed. She has a lot of determination to succeed.See -term-.
v., -mined, -min•ing.
- to settle or decide (a dispute, question, etc.) by an authoritative or conclusive decision.
- to conclude or ascertain, as after reasoning, observation, etc.
- Mathematics[Geom.]to fix the position of.
- to cause, affect, or control;
fix or decide causally:Demand for a product usually determines supply.
- to give direction or tendency to;
- Philosophy[Logic.]to limit (a notion) by adding differentiating characteristics.
- Law[Chiefly Law.]to put an end to;
- to lead or bring (a person) to a decision.
- to decide upon.
- to come to a decision or resolution;
- Law[Chiefly Law.]to come to an end.
- Latin dētermināre, equivalent. to dē- de- + termināre to bound, limit; see terminate
- Anglo-French, Old French determiner
- Middle English determinen 1325–75