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determine

[dih-tur-min] /dɪˈtɜr mɪn/
verb (used with object), determined, determining.
1.
to settle or decide (a dispute, question, etc.) by an authoritative or conclusive decision.
2.
to conclude or ascertain, as after reasoning, observation, etc.
3.
Geometry. to fix the position of.
4.
to cause, affect, or control; fix or decide causally:
Demand for a product usually determines supply.
5.
to give direction or tendency to; impel.
6.
Logic. to limit (a notion) by adding differentiating characteristics.
7.
Chiefly Law. to put an end to; terminate.
8.
to lead or bring (a person) to a decision.
9.
to decide upon.
verb (used without object), determined, determining.
10.
to come to a decision or resolution; decide.
11.
Chiefly Law. to come to an end.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English determinen < Anglo-French, Old French determiner < Latin dētermināre, equivalent to dē- de- + termināre to bound, limit; see terminate
Related forms
interdetermine, verb (used with object), interdetermined, interdetermining.
quasi-determine, verb, quasi-determined, quasi-determining.
redetermine, verb, redetermined, redetermining.
undetermining, adjective
Synonyms
1. resolve, adjust. See decide. 2. verify. 4. influence. 5. induce, lead, incline.
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Examples from the web for determines
  • The shape of proteins on the outside of the virus determines whether it can get inside.
  • Unfortunately the civil rights crowd now determines national policy.
  • How the layers bond often determines how easily one will weaken and cause a slide.
  • The amount of precipitation and heat largely determines the speed of these processes, but topography also has some influence.
  • It usually exists in considerable abundance, and determines the form and size of the gland.
  • Its sternal origin presents a border which bounds, and determines the width of the sternal furrow.
  • It is the user that determines the matter, and particularly the user's habitual way of thinking.
  • Of course, what's available to customers determines what they'll buy.
  • The size of the quantum dots determines the wavelength of light they emit when they are optically stimulated.
  • Power consumption is important in handheld devices because it determines how long the battery lasts.
British Dictionary definitions for determines

determine

/dɪˈtɜːmɪn/
verb
1.
to settle or decide (an argument, question, etc) conclusively, as by referring to an authority
2.
(transitive) to ascertain or conclude, esp after observation or consideration
3.
(transitive) to shape or influence; give direction to: experience often determines ability
4.
(transitive) to fix in scope, extent, variety, etc: the river determined the edge of the property
5.
to make or cause to make a decision: he determined never to marry
6.
(transitive) (logic) to define or limit (a notion) by adding or requiring certain features or characteristics
7.
(transitive) (geometry) to fix or specify the position, form, or configuration of: two points determine a line
8.
(mainly law) to come or bring to an end, as an estate or interest in land
9.
(transitive) to decide (a legal action or dispute)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French determiner, from Latin dētermināre to set boundaries to, from de- + termināre to limit; see terminate
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Word Origin and History for determines

determine

v.

mid-14c., "to come to an end," also "to settle, decide" (late 14c.), from Old French determiner (12c.) or directly from Latin determinare "to enclose, bound, set limits to," from de- "off" (see de-) + terminare "to mark the end or boundary," from terminus "end, limit" (see terminus). Sense of "coming to a firm decision" (to do something) is from mid-15c. Related: Determined; determining; determiner.

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