resolute; staunch: the determined defenders of the Alamo.
decided; settled; resolved.
Grammar. (of a phonetic feature) predictable from its surrounding context.

Nearby words

  1. determinate,
  2. determination,
  3. determinative,
  4. determinator,
  5. determine,
  6. determiner,
  7. determinism,
  8. determinist,
  9. deterministic,
  10. deterrence

Origin of determined

First recorded in 1490–1500; determine + -ed2

Related formsde·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



verb (used with object), de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing.

to settle or decide (a dispute, question, etc.) by an authoritative or conclusive decision.
to conclude or ascertain, as after reasoning, observation, etc.
Geometry. to fix the position of.
to cause, affect, or control; fix or decide causally: Demand for a product usually determines supply.
to give direction or tendency to; impel.
Logic. to limit (a notion) by adding differentiating characteristics.
Chiefly Law. to put an end to; terminate.
to lead or bring (a person) to a decision.
to decide upon.

verb (used without object), de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing.

to come to a decision or resolution; decide.
Chiefly Law. to come to an end.

Origin of determine

1325–75; Middle English determinen < Anglo-French, Old French determiner < Latin dētermināre, equivalent to dē- de- + termināre to bound, limit; see terminate

Related formsin·ter·de·ter·mine, verb (used with object), in·ter·de·ter·mined, in·ter·de·ter·min·ing.qua·si-de·ter·mine, verb, qua·si-de·ter·mined, qua·si-de·ter·min··de·ter·mine, verb, re·de·ter·mined, re·de·ter·min·ing.un·de·ter·min·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See decide. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for determined

British Dictionary definitions for determined



of unwavering mind; resolute; firm
Derived Formsdeterminedly, adverbdeterminedness, noun



to settle or decide (an argument, question, etc) conclusively, as by referring to an authority
(tr) to ascertain or conclude, esp after observation or consideration
(tr) to shape or influence; give direction toexperience often determines ability
(tr) to fix in scope, extent, variety, etcthe river determined the edge of the property
to make or cause to make a decisionhe determined never to marry
(tr) logic to define or limit (a notion) by adding or requiring certain features or characteristics
(tr) geometry to fix or specify the position, form, or configuration oftwo points determine a line
mainly law to come or bring to an end, as an estate or interest in land
(tr) to decide (a legal action or dispute)

Word Origin for determine

C14: from Old French determiner, from Latin dētermināre to set boundaries to, from de- + termināre to limit; see terminate

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Word Origin and History for determined
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with determined


see bound and determined.

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