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determine

[ dih-tur-min ]
/ dɪˈtɜr mɪn /
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verb (used with object), de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing.
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.
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Origin of determine

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French determiner, from Latin dētermināre “to mark out and fix boundaries,” equivalent to dē- prefix indicating separation + termināre “to bound, limit”; see de-, terminate

OTHER WORDS FROM determine

in·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·ing.re·de·ter·mine, verb, re·de·ter·mined, re·de·ter·min·ing.un·de·ter·min·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for determine

determine
/ (dɪˈtɜːmɪn) /

verb

Word Origin for determine

C14: from Old French determiner, from Latin dētermināre to set boundaries to, from de- + termināre to limit; see terminate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with determine

determine

see bound and determined.

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