• WordNet 3.6
    • v determine reach, make, or come to a decision about something "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
    • v determine fix conclusively or authoritatively "set the rules"
    • v determine fix in scope; fix the boundaries of "the tree determines the border of the property"
    • v determine shape or influence; give direction to "experience often determines ability","mold public opinion"
    • v determine settle conclusively; come to terms "We finally settled the argument"
    • v determine establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study "find the product of two numbers","The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
    • v determine find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort "I want to see whether she speaks French","See whether it works","find out if he speaks Russian","Check whether the train leaves on time"
    • v determine decide upon or fix definitely "fix the variables","specify the parameters"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To determine the percentage of alcohol in a bottle of liquor divide the proof by two.
    • Determine To ascertain definitely; to find out the specific character or name of; to assign to its true place in a system; as, to determine an unknown or a newly discovered plant or its name.
    • Determine (Physical Sciences) To ascertain the presence, quantity, or amount of; as, to determine the parallax; to determine the salt in sea water.
    • Determine To bring to a conclusion, as a question or controversy; to settle authoritative or judicial sentence; to decide; as, the court has determined the cause.
    • Determine To come to a decision; to decide; to resolve; -- often with on. "Determine on some course.""He shall pay as the judges determine ."
    • Determine To come to an end; to end; to terminate. "He who has vented a pernicious doctrine or published an ill book must know that his life determine not together.""Estates may determine on future contingencies."
    • Determine (Logic) To define or limit by adding a differentia.
    • Determine To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate. "God] hath determined the times before appointed."
    • Determine To fix the course of; to impel and direct; -- with a remoter object preceded by to; as, another's will determined me to this course.
    • Determine To fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle. "The character of the soul is determined by the character of its God.""Something divinely beautiful . . . that at some time or other might influence or even determine her course of life."
    • Determine To resolve on; to have a fixed intention of; also, to cause to come to a conclusion or decision; to lead; as, this determined him to go immediately.
    • Determine To set bounds to; to fix the determination of; to limit; to bound; to bring to an end; to finish. "The knowledge of men hitherto hath been determined by the view or sight.""Now, where is he that will not stay so long
      Till his friend sickness hath determined me?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It has been determined that less than one patented invention in a hundred makes any money for the inventor.
    • determine To fix the bounds of; mark off; settle; fix; establish.
    • determine To limit in space or extent; form the limits of; bound; shut in: as, yonder hill determines our view.
    • determine To ascertain or state definitely; make out; find out; settle; decide upon, as after consideration or investigation: as, to determine the species of an animal or a plant; to determine the height of a mountain, or the quantity of nitrogen in the atmosphere.
    • determine In logic, to explain or limit by adding differences.
    • determine To bring to a conclusion; put an end to; end.
    • determine Specifically—6. To find, as the solution of a problem; end, as a dispute, by judicial or other final decision: as, the court determined the cause.
    • determine To fix or settle definitely; make specific or certain; decide the state or character of.
    • determine To come to a definite intention in respect of; resolve on; decide: as, he determined to remain.
    • determine To give direction or tendency to; decide the course of: as, impulse may determine a moving body to this or that point.
    • determine To influence the choice of; cause to come to a conclusion or resolution: as, this circumstance determined him to the study of law.
    • determine Synonyms To limit.
    • determine To ascertain, find out.
    • determine To decide, conclude.
    • determine To induce, influence, lead.
    • determine To come to a decision or resolution; settle definitively on some line of conduct.
    • determine To come to a close; end; terminate.
    • determine To come to a determinate end in time; reach a fixed or definite limit; cease to exist or to be in force.
    • determine In Oxford and other universities, to take part in a solemn disputation preparatory to graduation as master of arts. See determination, 12.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Using satellite-surveying techniques, scientists have determined that Los Angeles, California is moving east. At a rate estimated to be about one-fifth on an inch per year, the city is moving closer to the San Gabriel Mountains.
    • v.t Determine dē-tėr′min to put terms or bounds to: to limit: to fix or settle the form or character of: to influence; to put an end to: to define
    • v.i Determine to come to a decision: to resolve
    • n Determine that which serves to determine: in mathematical analysis, a symbolical method used for different processes, as for the solution of equations by inspection
    • v.t Determine (Shak.) to determine
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  • Johann G. Fichte
    Johann G. Fichte
    “Your actions, and your action alone, determines your worth.”
  • Edgar F. Magnin
    Edgar F. Magnin
    “Existence was given us for action. Our worth is determined by the good deed we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel,”
  • Peter Marshall
    Peter Marshall
    “Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”
  • David Feherty
    David Feherty
    “It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.”
  • Malcolm X
    “In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure.”
  • Bernard Elliot Bee
    Bernard Elliot Bee
    “There is Jackson with his Virginians, standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déterminer, L. determinare, determinatum,; de, + terminare, limit, terminus, limit. See Term


In literature:

Thus, before my future destination was determined, did I fool away the most precious moments of my youth.
"The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
So far as we can determine, every stone that lies loose on its surface has lain there through untold ages, unchanged and unmoved.
"Side-lights on Astronomy and Kindred Fields of Popular Science" by Simon Newcomb
This progression in time determines everything, and is itself determined by nothing else.
"The Critique of Pure Reason" by Immanuel Kant
This report and a determination to give the enemy no rest determined me to use his surplus troops elsewhere.
"Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete" by Ulysses S. Grant
He determined to wait no longer.
"Lost in the Fog" by James De Mille
This report and a determination to give the enemy no rest determined me to use his surplus troops elsewhere.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
They were the determined opponents of Hildebrand, warm adherents of the Hohenstaufers-Ghibelline rather than Guelph.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66" by John Lothrop Motley
He was a man of determination and capacity.
"The River War" by Winston S. Churchill
For he loved her in a still, determined, undeviating way.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
Before we determine a place in space, there is no space for us; but without absolute space we could never determine a place.
"The Aesthetical Essays" by Friedrich Schiller

In poetry:

In vain wou'd any one reveal,
What God determines to conceal,
Or shew, by a mere guess alone,
What was to Christ, as man, unknown.
"Concerning The End Of The World" by Rees Prichard
He came with fierce, determin'd bounds,
Impell'd by wild despair,
With lower'd head he reach'd the dog,
Who bravely met him there.
"The Huntsman And His Hound" by Thomas Frederick Young
Then Mr. C——, I really heard,—
Don't tell it for your life,—
Has just determin'd, only think,
To make Miss D—— his wife!
"Gossip!" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
The seventh visitor
Smells of bar-room after-shave.
Often finds his friend
Sound asleep: whether real or feigned
Is never determined.
"Ten Types of Hospital Visitor" by Charles Causley
Let Flavia's eyes more deeply warm,
Nor thus your hearts determine,
To slight Dame Nature's fairest form,
And sigh for nature's vermin.
"To the Virtuosi" by William Shenstone
The gods determine out of hand
"That, as he sunk, it was not land,"
Therefore, in solemn form, declare
Some Water god must have the care.
"The Parson In Pickle" by William Hutton

In news:

COLUMBIA — Columbia Police Department investigators have determined the firearms and narcotics discovered Monday night at a Bonny Linn Drive residence are illegal.
Her Official Guide To Determining His Size Down There (Bookmark This.).
It doesn't necessarily determine whether or not the sex will be good.
Combat Stories from World War II salutes the courage and determination they showed and shares some of the dangers, deprivations, and horrors they faced by telling the stories of 12 who came home.
Her Official Guide To Determining His Size Down There ( Bookmark This.).
Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) can present with multiple crises and minor incidents of self-harm or threats, but determining when the actions are true cause for concern can be a challenge.
A dead whale measuring more than 50 feet long was found floating in Boston Harbor , and wildlife experts were trying to determine what killed the massive mammal.
Ali Karpenko was determined to make her dream come true–to build a Boundless Playground for kids with disabilities and their families.
The application analyzes your music library or playlists and determines the BPM of each track.
A group of people gets hypnotized to determine whether they can be turned into trained killers in Sunday's episode, titled " Brainwashed .".
) However, the league will review video of the brawl and determine suspensions.
" Building permit s that don't have a final are open to the extent that we can't make a final determination as to whether or not all the minimum life safety standards of a building code have been met during that construction.".
Now she's determined to help others like her.
Investigators with the Swansea Fire Department are working to determine what.
KHAYEGA, Kenya (AP) — If the US presidential election were to be determined by a bull fight in Kenya then President Barack Obama would defeat Mitt Romney.

In science:

Furthermore, we show that the resulting determining system consists of the adjoint symmetry determining equation (2.5) augmented by extra determining equations giving necessary and sufficient conditions for an adjoint symmetry to be a set of multipliers yielding a conservation law.
Direct construction method for conservation laws of partial differential equations. Part II: General treatment
Moreover, there is freedom in mixing the order of solving the determining equations in this system. A direct (naive) approach is to solve the adjoint symmetry determining equation first, then check which of these adjoint symmetries satisfy the extra determining equations.
Direct construction method for conservation laws of partial differential equations. Part II: General treatment
Thus a precise determination of Vus , along with a precise determination of su and sd , would allow to determine the phase ϕ responsible for C P –violation.
The Physics of Flavor is the Flavor of Physics
Note that the determination of the mass within radius r depends only upon the properties of the gas at that radius; in particular the mass determination is not affected by conditions in the outer parts of clusters where the properties are poorly determined.
Can simulations reproduce the observed temperature-mass relation for clusters of galaxies?
Note that there is only one A in the “strong” octet, and one C in “weak” octet, and all 4 doublets with Y = C completely determine amino acid, but only 2 doublets with Y = G and Y = U completely determine it, while doublets with Y = A never determine amino acid.
Determinative degree and nucleotide sequence analysis by trianders