American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To decide or settle (a dispute, for example) conclusively and authoritatively.
- v. To end or decide, as by judicial action.
- v. To establish or ascertain definitely, as after consideration, investigation, or calculation. See Synonyms at discover.
- v. To cause (someone) to come to a conclusion or resolution.
- v. To be the cause of; regulate: Demand determines production.
- v. To give direction to: The management committee determines departmental policy.
- v. To limit in scope or extent.
- v. Mathematics To fix or define the position, form, or configuration of.
- v. Logic To explain or limit by adding differences.
- v. Law To put an end to; terminate.
- v. To reach a decision; resolve. See Synonyms at decide.
- v. Law To come to an end.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fix the bounds of; mark off; settle; fix; establish.
- To limit in space or extent; form the limits of; bound; shut in: as, yonder hill determines our view.
- 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.
- In logic, to explain or limit by adding differences.
- To bring to a conclusion; put an end to; end.
- 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.
- To fix or settle definitely; make specific or certain; decide the state or character of.
- To come to a definite intention in respect of; resolve on; decide: as, he determined to remain.
- To give direction or tendency to; decide the course of: as, impulse may determine a moving body to this or that point.
- To influence the choice of; cause to come to a conclusion or resolution: as, this circumstance determined him to the study of law.
- Synonyms To limit.
- To ascertain, find out.
- To decide, conclude.
- To induce, influence, lead.
- To come to a decision or resolution; settle definitively on some line of conduct.
- To come to a close; end; terminate.
- To come to a determinate end in time; reach a fixed or definite limit; cease to exist or to be in force.
- In Oxford and other universities, to take part in a solemn disputation preparatory to graduation as master of arts. See determination, 12.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate.
- v. To set bounds to; to fix the determination of; to limit; to bound; to bring to an end; to finish.
- v. To fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle.
- v. To fix the course of; to impel and direct; -- with a remoter object preceded by
- v. To ascertain definitely; to find out the specific character or name of; to assign to its true place in a system.
- v. To bring to a conclusion, as a question or controversy; to settle authoritative or judicial sentence; to decide.
- v. To resolve on; to have a fixed intention of; also, to cause to come to a conclusion or decision; to lead.
- v. (Logic) To define or limit by adding a differentia.
- v. (Physical Sciences) To ascertain the presence, quantity, or amount of
- v. obsolete To come to an end; to end; to terminate.
- v. To come to a decision; to decide; to resolve; -- often with
- v. fix conclusively or authoritatively
- v. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
- v. fix in scope; fix the boundaries of
- v. reach, make, or come to a decision about something
- v. settle conclusively; come to terms
- v. establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
- v. shape or influence; give direction to
- v. decide upon or fix definitely
“The light frequency, f, that we want to determine is too high to be measured directly.”
“That's the reason he should suffer whatever consequences the voters in his state determine is appropriate.”
“All a hearing would need to determine is if you are or are not here illegally.”
“I can determine from the chart that it is 51.6% red.”
“It is not possible to determine from a distance if someone is intelligent, kind, humourous or attentive (I call them private characteristics).”
“Clinton, not Bush, sent a team to Iraq to examine the crash site, positively identify the aircraft as Speicher's, determine from the ejection seat and canopy far from the main debris field that Speicher had ejected, and identified the flight suit found at the site to be identical to the make, size, and markings of Speicher's flight suit.”
“But there has to be a willingness to move towards transparency in whatever form we finally determine is appropriate.”
“Because Connecticut and Wisconsin determine just how important will be likely Republican losses in the Senate in Delaware and yes, Nevada, and that overall scenario will determine if Republicans gain control of the Senate.”
“So the most that science can determine is that the object did not look very much like a face.”
“Let each state determine the type of education they desire and how much they determine is necessary for their education.”
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