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Meaning & Definition of Determine in English





1. Establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

  • "Find the product of two numbers"
  • "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the nobel prize"
  • determine,
  • find,
  • find out,
  • ascertain

2. Shape or influence

  • Give direction to
  • "Experience often determines ability"
  • "Mold public opinion"
  • determine,
  • shape,
  • mold,
  • influence,
  • regulate

3. Fix conclusively or authoritatively

  • "Set the rules"
  • determine,
  • set

4. Decide upon or fix definitely

  • "Fix the variables"
  • "Specify the parameters"
  • specify,
  • set,
  • determine,
  • define,
  • fix,
  • limit

5. Reach, make, or come to a decision about something

  • "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
  • decide,
  • make up one's mind,
  • determine

6. Fix in scope

  • Fix the boundaries of
  • "The tree determines the border of the property"
  • determine

7. Settle conclusively

  • Come to terms
  • "We finally settled the argument"
  • settle,
  • square off,
  • square up,
  • determine

8. Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

  • "I want to see whether she speaks french"
  • "See whether it works"
  • "Find out if he speaks russian"
  • "Check whether the train leaves on time"
  • determine,
  • check,
  • find out,
  • see,
  • ascertain,
  • watch,
  • learn

Examples of using

The end cannot justify the means, for the simple and obvious reason that the means employed determine the nature of the ends produced.
We must try to determine the best course of action.
A fact-finding committee was set up to determine the cause of the incident.