verb (used with object), de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing.
verb (used without object), de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing.
Origin of determine
Examples from the Web for determine
The fear of violence should not determine what one does or does not say.
That makes it incredibly difficult to determine the effects of airstrikes, for example.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Where the U.S. once depended on its own forces to determine who was military material, this time the Iraqis will decide.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What does Bondi mean that clerks now should “determine how to proceed”?
Can they determine that individual citizens should not have access to rights provided by the Constitution?
It is impossible to determine nicely where the land ends and the sea begins.In the Heart of Vosges|Matilda Betham-Edwards
Some species germinate quicker than others, and the operator must determine by previous trial what these differences are.The Nursery Book|Liberty Hyde Bailey
She is not able to determine the exact line of her descent, but the blood of three races mingles in her veins.Twelve Years a Slave|Solomon Northup
Was she trying to fathom his meditations, or determine how far they were to affect her own future?Told In The Hills|Marah Ellis Ryan
And first of all, he must determine what is the proof of the inspiration of a book.
British Dictionary definitions for determine
Word Origin for determine
Word Origin and History for determine
mid-14c., "to come to an end," also "to settle, decide" (late 14c.), from Old French determiner (12c.) or directly from Latin determinare "to enclose, bound, set limits to," from de- "off" (see de-) + terminare "to mark the end or boundary," from terminus "end, limit" (see terminus). Sense of "coming to a firm decision" (to do something) is from mid-15c. Related: Determined; determining; determiner.
Idioms and Phrases with determine
see bound and determined.