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/ d瑟藞t蓽r m瑟n /
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verb (used with object), de路ter路mined, de路ter路min路ing.
verb (used without object), de路ter路mined, de路ter路min路ing.
to come to a decision or resolution; decide.
Chiefly Law. to come to an end.
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Origin of determine

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English, from Old French determiner, from Latin d膿termin膩re 鈥渢o mark out and fix boundaries,鈥 equivalent to d膿- prefix indicating separation + termin膩re 鈥渢o bound, limit鈥; see de-, terminate


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What does determine mean?

Determine means to conclude, as after reasoning or observing, as in After considering all my options, I鈥檝e determined which college I want to attend.

Generally, to determine something is to come to a conclusive decision from a place of authority on the subject.

Determine can also mean to cause or control, as in How much homework my teacher assigns will determine whether I can go to the game tonight.

Determine is also used to mean to give direction to, as a boss might determine what tasks their employees will do.

Example: I have determined that the cause of death was cardiac arrest.

Where does determine come from?

The first records of the term determine come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin d膿termin膩re, meaning 鈥渢o mark out and fix boundaries.鈥

In legal terms, to determine something is to bring it to an end. The term is normally used at the end of a case or a lawsuit and implies the final conclusion of the conflict between parties. When the court determines something, it can rarely be disputed, except by going through the appeals process or opening a new case.

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How is determine used in real life?

Determine is commonly used to talk about decisions being made.

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A. elect
B. ignore
C. fix
D. resolve


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To determine is to conclude or ascertain something, as after reasoning or observation. How is determine different from resolve and decide? Learn more on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for determine

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Word Origin for determine

C14: from Old French determiner, from Latin d膿termin膩re to set boundaries to, from de- + termin膩re to limit; see terminate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with determine


see bound and determined.

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