- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for determine on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for determining
Both Time and CNN reinstated Zakaria after determining the slip-up was “an isolated incident.”Can Fareed Zakaria Survive A Plagiarism Firestorm?
November 12, 2014
He continues to be enthralled not so much by Earhart as by the process of determining what exactly befell her and her aircraft.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
He did not gain access to media reports on the case, the judge established, determining that no further action was required.Money, Murder, and Adoption: The Wild Trial of the Polo King
October 28, 2014
More important than determining who deserved credit is appreciating the dynamics that occur when people share ideas.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Police are often given great leeway in determining whether or not to use lethal force, and are rarely indicted for doing so.Ferguson on Knife Edge of More Violence After Grand Jury Evidence Leak Showing Struggle
October 18, 2014
That always had been his determining argument: that one must take risks.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
There was certainly some determining cause underlying all this which escaped her.The Fortune of the Rougons
The beginner will have little difficulty in determining this genus.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Dr. Peterson says that the sunstroke was only the determining cause.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Who they were, we have no means of determining except from Plato's description of them.Sophist
- 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 determining
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 determining
see bound and determined.