American English

Definition of determine verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they determine
    he / she / it determines
    past simple determined
    -ing form determining
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  1. 1[transitive] to discover the facts about something; to calculate something exactly synonym establish determine something An inquiry was set up to determine the cause of the accident. determine what, whether, etc… We set out to determine exactly what happened that night. it is determined that… It was determined that she had died of natural causes.
  2. 2[transitive] determine something determine what, whether, etc… to make something happen in a particular way or be of a particular type Age and experience will be determining factors in our choice of candidate. Upbringing plays an important part in determining a person's character.
  3. 3[transitive] to officially decide and/or arrange something determine something A date for the meeting has yet to be determined. determine (that)… The court determined (that) the defendant should pay the legal costs.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] determine to do something determine (that)… determine on something to decide definitely to do something They determined to start early.
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