verb (used with object), de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing.
verb (used without object), de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing.
Origin of determine
Synonyms for determine
Word Origin for determine
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.
see bound and determined.