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OTHER WORDS FROM determinedde·ter·mined·ly [dih-tur-mind-lee, -muh-nid-lee], /dɪˈtɜr mɪnd li, -mə nɪd li/, adverbde·ter·mined·ness, nounpost·de·ter·mined, adjectiveun·de·ter·mined, adjective
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What does determined mean?
Determined means firmly set in one’s decision or course of action, especially with the aim of achieving a particular goal.
Someone who’s determined to do something is extremely motivated and unlikely to quit or change their mind. Someone who’s determined in general has a very strong desire to achieve their goals.
Someone who’s determined in this way is said to be showing determination—the quality of being firm in one’s purpose.
Determined is also the past tense form of the verb determine, meaning to decide or settle in an authoritative way or conclude after observation. The term undetermined uses this sense of the word. Something that’s undetermined has not been conclusively decided or settled. (It’s not used to describe someone who’s not particularly motivated.)
Example: I am absolutely determined to finish this race, even if I have to crawl across the finish line.
Where does determined come from?
The first records of the word determined as an adjective come from around 1500. The adjective comes from the past tense form of the verb determine.
When something has been determined, this often means that it has been decided or settled in some final or permanent way. When someone is determined, it usually means that they have made a decision to do something—they’ve made up their mind and they can’t be talked out of it. Someone described as determined pursues their goals with dogged persistence. When a task requires hard work, sacrifice, and dedication, it calls for a determined person to achieve it.
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What are some other forms of determined?
- determinedly (adverb)
- determinedness (noun)
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How is determined used in real life?
The word determined is typically used in a positive way to describe someone as sticking to their goals through hard work.
This movement is full of passionate, determined students willing to fight for change. Happy Sunday!💛
(Photos from New York, Florida, and Connecticut) pic.twitter.com/AYdaQA9FST
— Students Walkout Against Gun Violence (@studentswalkout) February 25, 2018
2020 marks the 5th anniversary of the #GlobalGoals! We can be the 1st generation to end extreme poverty, the decisive generation in the battle against climate change & the most determined generation to fight injustice & inequality. But there’s much work to do & every year counts! pic.twitter.com/wEKP6Mcafl
— Global Goals (@GlobalGoalsUN) September 8, 2020
All human beings have the capacity to be determined and to direct that determination in whatever direction they like. Realizing we have this potential gives us a fundamental strength, enabling us to deal with any difficulty, whatever situation we are facing, without losing hope.
— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) June 30, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for determined
“In my 10 years investing I have witnessed few teams more passionate, determined, and capable of revolutionizing an industry,” said Eniac’s Tim Young in a statement.Lawmatics raises $2.5M to help lawyers market themselves|Anthony Ha|October 16, 2020|TechCrunch
A commonly understood interpretation of the law that allowed camping below the high-water mark was determined to be “overbroad and unconstitutional,” according to a 2010 essay that Juras wrote on the topic.
Many others are so determined to vote — and be seen doing it at the first available chance — that they are enduring hours-long lines despite the other voting options available.Across the country, Democratic enthusiasm is propelling an enormous wave of early voting|Amy Gardner, Elise Viebeck|October 14, 2020|Washington Post
During her long recovery process she said she found strength from the people around her and she became determined to give back to the community in some way.Transgender woman opens resource center in Norfolk|Steph Purifoy|September 21, 2020|Washington Blade
However, Ryan was determined to save Paul’s life so the two signed up to participate in a kidney swap.
“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she continued.
Divided and drained by war, Syrian Christians are determined to celebrate for the first time in four years.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive|Peter Schwartzstein|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when she called back, Brinsley was determined to tall her about his minted screenwriter status.
They also love Christmas, and are determined to make it cheerful and to give gifts.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have chickened out twice, and I am determined not to back down.
If you are determined to expel all comfort from your house, be a Drunkard; and you will soon do it effectually.Select Temperance Tracts|American Tract Society
The arrival of General Washington arrested the disorder, and determined the victory on our side.
We took the wind through the night, and in the morning we were eighty miles from Corfu, which I determined to reach by rowing.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The chiefs fought fiercely, like men who know that their fate is sealed, and are determined to sell their lives dearly.Mark Seaworth|William H.G. Kingston
More, he was determined to carry that experiment further, if he ever got the chance.The Trespasser, Complete|Gilbert Parker