Definition of determine in English:

determine

Line breaks: de¦ter|mine
Pronunciation: /dɪˈtəːmɪn
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 2Ascertain or establish exactly by research or calculation: the inquest is entrusted with the task of determining the cause of death [with clause]: the point of our study was to determine what is true, not what is practicable
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    • We need additional research to determine what remediation methods are most appropriate for which kinds of student impairment.
    • Study results vary and some experts say more research is needed to determine what negative impacts DDT has on humans.
    • Presenters will also discuss the need for new service delivery systems and research to determine what works.
    Synonyms
    find out, discover, ascertain, learn, establish, fix, settle, decide, calculate, work out, make out, fathom (out), get/come to know, ferret out, deduce, divine, intuit, diagnose, discern, check, verify, confirm, make certain of, certify
    informal figure out, get a fix on
  • 2.1 Mathematics Specify the value, position, or form of (a mathematical or geometrical object) uniquely.
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    • Weil's work on polynomial equations led to questions on what properties of a geometric object can be determined purely algebraically.
    • Determine the geometric object represented by the equation and draw this object.
  • 3 [no object] Firmly decide: he determined on a withdrawal of his forces [with infinitive]: she determined to tackle Stephen the next day [with clause]: my wife had determined that I must swap my old bike for a car
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    • The thought of leading the cloistered life of a nun made her bitterly unhappy, and she determined to run away from the convent.
    • Lily had determined that she would not be sad.
    • For some reason, they determined on migrating to the eastward, and accordingly set out together in a body.
    Synonyms
    resolve, decide, come to a decision, make a decision, reach a decision, make up one's mind, choose, elect, opt
    formal purpose
  • 4 Law , • archaic Bring or come to an end.
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    • That particular question must be determined against the appellant.
    • The wife requests that the matter of spousal support not be determined at this hearing.
    • This issue, as between Mr Rogers and Mrs Bailey, was not determined by the defendant.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French determiner, from Latin determinare 'limit, fix', from de- 'completely' + terminare 'terminate'.

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