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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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  • Government playing its role effectively is often the key deciding factor in determining innovation success and productivity.
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  • The will is conceived as a faculty of determining oneself to action in accordance with the conception of certain laws.
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  • Conclude by discussing the decisions students had to make when determining how they would map their data.
  • By determining when this transition took place, scientists can pin down the start date of the helium-ionization era.
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  • Scientists are slowly cataloging the bands, in hopes of determining the molecules responsible for each pattern.
British Dictionary definitions for determining

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 determining

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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