- resolute; staunch: the determined defenders of the Alamo.
- decided; settled; resolved.
- Grammar. (of a phonetic feature) predictable from its surrounding context.
Origin of determined
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- 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.
- to come to a decision or resolution; decide.
- Chiefly Law. to come to an end.
Origin of determine
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Examples from the Web for determined
“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she continued.Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
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
December 25, 2014
But when she called back, Brinsley was determined to tall her about his minted screenwriter status.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
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
December 24, 2014
I have chickened out twice, and I am determined not to back down.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
The boat he supposed to belong to Robert, and he was determined to spoil it.
But he admired Hester, and the more she slighted him the more he was determined to force her to like him.
He was ashamed, and determined to make amends by a frank confession.
Well, Shepler might be hurled from that certainty by one hour of determined action.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He felt that a crisis had come, and he was determined to be obeyed.
- of unwavering mind; resolute; firm
- 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 and History for determined
1560s, "decided," past participle adjective from determine. Meaning "limited" is from c.1600; that of "characterized by resolution" is from c.1600, of actions; 1772, of persons.
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 determined
see bound and determined.