Definition of Determine

1. Verb. Establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study. "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"

2. Verb. Shape or influence; give direction to. "Mold public opinion"

3. Verb. Fix conclusively or authoritatively. "Set the rules"
Exact synonyms: Set
Specialized synonyms: Identify, Place, Date, Value, Filiate, Format, Charge, Initialise, Initialize, Assess, Tax, Price
Derivative terms: Determination, Determination, Set

4. Verb. Decide upon or fix definitely. "Specify the parameters"
Exact synonyms: Define, Fix, Limit, Set, Specify
Specialized synonyms: Quantify, Name, Reset, Define
Generic synonyms: Choose, Pick Out, Select, Take
Derivative terms: Determinant, Determiner, Determiner, Limit, Limit, Set

5. Verb. Reach, make, or come to a decision about something. "They determine to move "; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"

6. Verb. Fix in scope; fix the boundaries of. "The tree determines the border of the property"
Specialized synonyms: Nail Down, Narrow, Narrow Down, Peg Down, Pin Down, Specify
Generic synonyms: Define, Delimit, Delimitate, Delineate, Specify
Derivative terms: Determination

7. Verb. Settle conclusively; come to terms. "We finally settled the argument"
Exact synonyms: Settle, Square Off, Square Up
Specialized synonyms: Clear, Solve, Concert, Clinch, Compromise
Generic synonyms: Conclude, Resolve
Derivative terms: Determination, Determination, Determiner, Settlement

8. Verb. Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort. "They determine whether there was a traffic accident"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
Exact synonyms: Ascertain, Check, Find Out, Learn, See, Watch
Related verbs: Ascertain, Assure, Check, Control, Ensure, Insure, See, See To It, Ascertain, Find, Find Out
Specialized synonyms: Test
Derivative terms: Ascertainable, Check, Determination

Definition of Determine

1. v. t. To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate.

2. v. i. To come to an end; to end; to terminate.

Definition of Determine

1. Verb. To set the limits of. ¹

2. Verb. To ascertain definitely; to figure out. ¹

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Definition of Determine


Medical Definition of Determine

1. 1. To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate. "[God] hath determined the times before appointed." (Acts xvii. 26) 2. 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." (Bacon) "Now, where is he that will not stay so long Till his friend sickness hath determined me?" (Shak) 3. 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." (J. Edwards) "Something divinely beautiful . . . That at some time or other might influence or even determine her course of life." (W. Black) 4. 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. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. 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. 8. To define or limit by adding a differentia. 9. To ascertain the presence, quantity, or amount of; as, to determine the parallax; to determine the salt in sea water. Origin: F. Determiner, L. Determinare, determinatum; de + terminare limit, terminus limit. See Term. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Determine

determinate cleavage
determine (current term)
determiner phrase
determining factor

Literary usage of Determine

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"AN EXPEDIENT TO determine POSITIVELY ... a large amount of pus is discharged, so that it is often difficult to determine whether urine be present or not. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1898)
"To determine this figures are found with no accompanying perspective phenomena, though the nature of the illusion is analogous to that presented by figures ..."

3. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1881)
"Some one year of the Christian era that corresponds with some one year of a given Katun, or, in other words, to determine one or more contemporaneous dates ..."

4. Engineering and Architectural Jurisprudence: A Presentation of the Law of by John Cassan Wait (1898)
"Expert Cannot determine Questions which the Jury are to Decide. —The opinion of witnesses upon the precise questions the jury is to determine is competent ..."

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