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Definition of predetermine verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

predetermine

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːrmɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they predetermine
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːrmɪn//
 
he / she / it predetermines
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːrmɪnz//
 
past simple predetermined
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːrmɪnd//
 
past participle predetermined
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːrmɪnd//
 
-ing form predetermining
BrE BrE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːmɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːdɪˈtɜːrmɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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predetermine something (formal) to decide something in advance so that it does not happen by chance The sex of the embryo is predetermined at fertilization. The way in which surveys are carried out often predetermines the results that are obtained. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from late Latin praedeterminare, from prae ‘beforehand’ + determinare ‘limit, settle’.
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