Definition of "determine" []

  • To decide or settle (a dispute, for example) conclusively and authoritatively. (verb-transitive)
  • To end or decide, as by judicial action. (verb-transitive)
  • To establish or ascertain definitely, as after consideration, investigation, or calculation. See Synonyms at discover. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause (someone) to come to a conclusion or resolution. (verb-transitive)
  • To be the cause of; regulate: Demand determines production. (verb-transitive)
  • To settle or decide (an argument, question, etc) conclusively, as by referring to an authority (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To ascertain or conclude, esp after observation or consideration (verb)
  • To shape or influence; give direction to (verb)
  • To fix in scope, extent, variety, etc (verb)
  • To make or cause to make a decision (verb)
  • To define or limit (a notion) by adding or requiring certain features or characteristics (verb)
  • To fix or specify the position, form, or configuration of (verb)
  • To come or bring to an end, as an estate or interest in land (verb)
  • To decide (a legal action or dispute) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "determine" in a sentence
  • "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."