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Definitions of determine

  1. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; " I want to see whether she speaks French"; " See whether it works"; " find out if he speaks Russian"; " Check whether the train leaves on time"
  2. after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; " find the product of two numbers"; " The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
  3. reach, make, or come to a decision about something; " We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
  4. decide upon or fix definitely; " fix the variables"; " specify the parameters"
  5. fix conclusively or authoritatively; " set the rules"
  6. fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; the tree determines the border of the property
  7. settle conclusively; come to terms; " We finally settled the argument"
  8. To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate.
  9. To set bounds to; to fix the determination of; to limit; to bound; to bring to an end; to finish.
  10. To fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle.
  11. To ascertain definitely; to find out the specific character or name of; to assign to its true place in a system; as, to determine an unknown or a newly discovered plant or its name.
  12. To bring to a conclusion, as a question or controversy; to settle authoritative or judicial sentence; to decide; as, the court has determined the cause.
  13. To resolve on; to have a fixed intention of; also, to cause to come to a conclusion or decision; to lead; as, this determined him to go immediately.
  14. To define or limit by adding a differentia.
  15. To ascertain the presence, quantity, or amount of; as, to determine the parallax; to determine the salt in sea water.
  16. To come to an end; to end; to terminate.
  17. To fix the course of; to impel and direct; - with a remoter object preceded by to; as, another's will determined me to this course.
  18. To reach a decision.
  19. To fix or settle the bounds of; put an end to; restrict; decide; resolve; find out.
  20. To put terms or bounds to: to limit: to fix or settle the form or character of: to influence: to put an end to: to resolve on: to define.
  21. To fix; decide.
  22. To resolve.
  23. To resolve; decide; fix; settle; decree.
  24. To terminate; end.
  25. To decide; resolve; with on.
  26. To come to an end.
  27. Determinable.
  28. Determinely.
  29. Determineness.
  30. To fix; to settle by mental or judicial decision; to fix on; to limit or bound; to give a direction to or influence the choice; to resolve; to put an end to; to settle or ascertain; to define.
  31. To decide; to end.

Usage examples for determine

  1. I hoped for a moment that this change in the action of the force would settle a problem we had never been able to determine. – Across the Zodiac by Percy Greg
  2. He already knew enough of Courts to assume that Golitzine himself would determine the nature and extent of those rewards. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  3. Higher laws than those of taste determine the consciousness of nations. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  4. A great deal of experimental work has been done to determine the degree of temperature for eggs during incubation. – The Dollar Hen by Milo M. Hastings
  5. The best way to determine the color of the spores in mass is to catch them as they fall from the fruiting surface on paper. – Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. by George Francis Atkinson
  6. Moreover, is it always possible to determine the responsibility for war's origin? – Fighting France by Stephane Lauzanne
  7. Again, if we know that the object of a conception is possible, how are we to determine whether it is also actual? – Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard
  8. We can thus determine the time taken by one of the teeth to pass in front of the eye; we have accordingly a measure of the time occupied by the ray of light in the double journey, and hence we have a measurement of the velocity of light. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  9. The Situation of the general Affairs of Europe render it somewhat difficult to determine to which of the other Powers at present to make our Court. – The Original Writings of Samuel Adams, Volume 4 by Samuel Adams
  10. " It is a good old English custom," said I, " by which we may determine which is the better man." – Danger! and Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
  11. Eleanore looked upon it as a test that would determine whether she could do anything on her own account now: whether she could get along without Daniel. – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  12. Directors sometimes go astray and cases are constantly arising to determine their liability. – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles
  13. That is just what I cannot determine. – Gryll Grange by Thomas Love Peacock Commentator: George Saintsbury
  14. He says, however, he cannot determine the particular species. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse
  15. Yet it did not rest with him to determine the end. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  16. But who those two men should be was rather more difficult to determine. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  17. Determine what they are, but not what is said about them. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  18. The chance of doing something, anything, made me determine to make the coffee myself. – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  19. The events in Bern were to determine the fate of Switzerland. – The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli by Johann Hottinger
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