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Definition of DETERMINE

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Determine \De*ter"mine\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Determined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Determining}.] [F. d['e]terminer, L. determinare, determinatum; de + terminare limit, terminus limit. See {Term}.]
     1. To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate. [1913 Webster]

              [God] hath determined the times before appointed.
                                                    --Acts xvii.
                                                    26. [1913 Webster]

     2. To set bounds to; to fix the determination of; to limit; to bound; to bring to an end; to finish. [1913 Webster]

              The knowledge of men hitherto hath been determined by the view or sight.                 --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              Now, where is he that will not stay so long Till his friend sickness hath determined me? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle. [1913 Webster]

              The character of the soul is determined by the character of its God.                 --J. Edwards. [1913 Webster]

              Something divinely beautiful . . . that at some time or other might influence or even determine her course of life.                       --W. Black. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     8. (Logic) To define or limit by adding a differentia. [1913 Webster]

     9. (Physical Sciences) To ascertain the presence, quantity, or amount of; as, to determine the parallax; to determine the salt in sea water. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Determine \De*ter"mine\, v. i.
     1. To come to an end; to end; to terminate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              He who has vented a pernicious doctrine or published an ill book must know that his life determine not together.                             --South. [1913 Webster]

              Estates may determine on future contingencies.
                                                    --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

     2. To come to a decision; to decide; to resolve; -- often with on. "Determine on some course." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              He shall pay as the judges determine. --Ex. xxi. 22. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

236 Moby Thesaurus words for "determine": abort, act on, actuate, adjudge, advance, affect, afford proof of, aim, aim at, arbitrate, ascertain, aspire after, aspire to, assign, assure, be after, be informed, become acquainted with, bend, bias, bound, bring, bring home to, broaden the mind, call the shots, carry, catch on, cease, certify, choose, choose to, cinch, circle in, circumscribe, clear up, clinch, close, command, complete, conclude, condition, conduce to, contribute to, control, cram the mind, decide, decide upon, decree, define, delimit, delimitate, demarcate, demonstrate, denominate, design, designate, desire, destine, detect, determine upon, dictate, direct, directionize, discover, dismiss all doubt, dispose, draw, drive, drive at, enclose, end, engage, enlist, ensure, establish, fate, figure, find, find out, find out about, finish, finish up, fix, fix on, fix upon, follow, follow from, foreordain, forward, gain knowledge, get, get at, get hold of, get to do, go for, govern, guide, halt, harbor a design, have a case, have every intention, hear, hit, hold good, hold on, hold water, hunt down, impel, incline, indicate, induce, infer, influence, insure, intend, interest in, invent, judge, lay off, lead, lead to, learn, learn about, level at, limit, load the mind, locate, lure, make a decision, make certain, make good, make no doubt, make no mistake, make out, make sure, make sure of, mark, mark boundaries, mark off, mark out, mark the periphery, mean, measure, mention, move, nail down, name, order, perorate, persuade, pick out, pick up information, pin down, plan, point, point at, point out, point to, predetermine, predispose, preordain, present, procure, project, prompt, propose, prove, prove to be, prove true, purport, purpose, reassure, rediscover, redound to, regulate, remove all doubt, resolve, rope off, rule, run down, run to earth, scrap, scratch, seal, see, see fit, see that, see to it, select, set, set at rest, set the limit, settle, settle on, settle the matter, settle upon, shape, show, sight on, signify, sort out, specialize, specify, stake out, state, stipulate, stop, strike, subserve, surround, sway, take a decision, take a resolution, tempt, terminate, think, think fit, think good, think proper, trace, trace down, track down, train, train upon, tumble, turn, turn the scale, turn upon, ultimate, unearth, verify, wear the pants, will, wind up, wish, wrap up


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