Definition of determination noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌtɜːmɪˈneɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌtɜːrmɪˈneɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the quality that makes you continue trying to do something even when this is difficult fierce/grim/dogged determination He fought the illness with courage and determination. They had survived by sheer determination. determination to do something I admire her determination to get it right.
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the process of deciding something officially factors influencing the determination of future policy
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (specialist) the act of finding out or calculating something Both methods rely on the accurate determination of the pressure of the gas.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the senses ‘settlement of a controversy by a judge or by reasoning’ and ‘authoritative opinion’): via Old French from Latin determinatio(n-), from the verb determinare ‘limit, fix’, from de- ‘completely’ + terminare ‘terminate’.Extra examples He hung on with grim determination. He succeeded by hard work and sheer determination. She demonstrated a clear determination to improve her performance. She expressed her determination to continue in the job. She has shown great determination and skill. She was full of determination to achieve her goals. The government last night signalled its determination to resist tax cuts. The prime minister’s speech revealed a clear determination to break the power of the unions. With a renewed determination, she stood up. She fought the illness with courage and determination. The key to his success was his dogged determination see things through.
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