The definition of determine is to set limits, make a decision or find out exactly.verb
- An example of determine is measuring a piece of fabric before cutting it to size.
- An example of determine is deciding to paint your house a certain color.
- to set limits to; bound; define
- to settle (a dispute, question, etc.) conclusively; decide
- to reach a decision about after thought and investigation; decide upon
- to establish or affect the nature, kind, or quality of; fix: genes determine heredity
- to find out exactly; calculate precisely; ascertain: to determine a ship's position
- to give direction to; shape or affect
- Law to end; terminate
Origin: ME determinen < OFr determiner < L determinare, to bound, limit < de-, from + terminare, to set bounds < terminus, an end: see term
- to decide; resolve
- Law to come to an end
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verb de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing, de·ter·mines verb, transitive
- a. To decide or settle (a dispute, for example) conclusively and authoritatively.b. To end or decide, as by judicial action.
- To establish or ascertain definitely, as after consideration, investigation, or calculation. See Synonyms at discover.
- To cause (someone) to come to a conclusion or resolution.
- To be the cause of; regulate: Demand determines production.
- To give direction to: The management committee determines departmental policy.
- To limit in scope or extent.
- Mathematics To fix or define the position, form, or configuration of.
- Logic To explain or limit by adding differences.
- Law To put an end to; terminate.
- To reach a decision; resolve. See Synonyms at decide.
- Law To come to an end.
Origin: Middle English determinen, from Old French determiner, from Latin dētermināre, to limit : dē-, de- + terminus, boundary.