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dɪˈtɜr mɪnde·ter·mine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. determine, find, find out, ascertainverb

    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"

  2. determine, shape, mold, influence, regulateverb

    shape or influence; give direction to

    "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"

  3. determine, setverb

    fix conclusively or authoritatively

    "set the rules"

  4. specify, set, determine, define, fix, limitverb

    decide upon or fix definitely

    "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"

  5. decide, make up one's mind, determineverb

    reach, make, or come to a decision about something

    "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"

  6. determineverb

    fix in scope; fix the boundaries of

    "the tree determines the border of the property"

  7. settle, square off, square up, determineverb

    settle conclusively; come to terms

    "We finally settled the argument"

  8. determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learnverb

    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"


  1. determineverb

    To set the limits of.

  2. determineverb

    To ascertain definitely; to figure out.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DETERMINEverb

    Etymology: determiner, Fr. determino, Latin.

    It is concluded he shall be protector.
    —— It is determin’d, not concluded yet;
    But so it must be, if the king miscarry. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    More particularly to determine the proper season for grammar, I do not see how it can be made a study, but as an introduction to rhetorick. John Locke.

    Probability, in the nature of it, supposes that a thing may, or may not be so, for any thing that yet appears, or is certainly determined on the other side. Robert South, Sermons.

    John Milton’s subject was still greater than either of the former: it does not determine the fate of single persons or nations, but of a whole species. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 267.

    Destruction hangs on every word we speak,
    On every thought, ’till the concluding stroke
    Determines all, and closes our design. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    The knowledge of men hitherto hath been determined by the view or sight; so that whatsoever is invisible, either in respect of the fineness of the body itself, or the smallness of the parts, or of the subtilty of the motion, is little enquired. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 98.

    No sooner have they climbed that hill, which thus determines their view at a distance, but a new prospect is opened. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The principium individuationis is existence itself, which determines a being of any sort to a particular time and place, incommunicable to two beings of the same kind. John Locke.

    He that has settled in his mind determined ideas, with names affixed to them, will be able to discern their differences one from another, which is really distinguishing. John Locke.

    You have the captives,
    Who were the opposites of this day’s strife:
    We do require them of you, so to use them
    As we shall find their merits and our safety
    May equally determine. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    A man may suspend the act of his choice from being determined for or against the thing proposed, ’till he has examined it. John Locke.

    As soon as the studious man’s hunger and thirst makes him uneasy, he, whose will was never determined to any pursuit of good cheer, is, by the uneasiness of hunger and thirst, presently determined to eating and drinking. John Locke.

    Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David. 1 Sa. xx. 33.

    I do not ask whether bodies so exist, that the motion of one cannot be without the motion of another: to determine this either way, is to beg the question for or against a vacuum. John Locke.

    Now where is he, that will not stay so long
    ’Till sickness hath determin’d me? William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

  2. To Determineverb

    Eve! now expect great tidings, which perhaps
    Of us will soon determine, or impose
    New laws to be observ’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    It is indifferent to the matter in hand which way the learned shall determine of it. John Locke.

    They were apprehended, and after conviction the danger determined by their deaths. John Hayward.

    All pleasure springing from a gratified passion, as most of the pleasure of sin does, must needs determine with that passion. Robert South, Sermons.

    She soon shall know of us,
    How honourably and how kindly we
    Determine for her. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Revolutions of state, many times, make way for new institutions and forms; and often determine in either setting up some tyranny at home, or bringing in some conquest from abroad. William Temple.

    Now, noble peers, the cause why we are met
    Is to determine of the coronation. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Determineverb

    to fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate

  2. Determineverb

    to set bounds to; to fix the determination of; to limit; to bound; to bring to an end; to finish

  3. Determineverb

    to fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle

  4. Determineverb

    to fix the course of; to impel and direct; -- with a remoter object preceded by to; as, another's will determined me to this course

  5. Determineverb

    to ascertain definitely; to find out the specific character or name of; to assign to its true place in a system; as, to determine an unknown or a newly discovered plant or its name

  6. Determineverb

    to bring to a conclusion, as a question or controversy; to settle authoritative or judicial sentence; to decide; as, the court has determined the cause

  7. Determineverb

    to resolve on; to have a fixed intention of; also, to cause to come to a conclusion or decision; to lead; as, this determined him to go immediately

  8. Determineverb

    to define or limit by adding a differentia

  9. Determineverb

    to ascertain the presence, quantity, or amount of; as, to determine the parallax; to determine the salt in sea water

  10. Determineverb

    to come to an end; to end; to terminate

  11. Determineverb

    to come to a decision; to decide; to resolve; -- often with on

  12. Etymology: [F. dterminer, L. determinare, determinatum; de + terminare limit, terminus limit. See Term.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Determine

    dē-tėr′min, v.t. to put terms or bounds to: to limit: to fix or settle the form or character of: to influence; to put an end to: to define.—v.i. to come to a decision: to resolve.—adj. Deter′minable, capable of being determined, decided, or finished.—ns. Deter′minableness, Determinabil′ity.—adj. Deter′minant, serving to determine.—n. that which serves to determine: in mathematical analysis, a symbolical method used for different processes, as for the solution of equations by inspection.—adj. Deter′mināte, determined or limited: fixed: decisive.—v.t. (Shak.) to determine.—adv. Deter′minātely.—n. Determinā′tion, that which is determined or resolved on: end: direction to a certain end: resolution: fixedness of purpose: decision of character.—adjs. Deter′minātive, that determines, limits, or defines; Deter′mined, firm in purpose: fixed: resolute.—adv. Deter′minedly.—n. Deter′minism, the doctrine that all things, including the will, are determined by causes—the converse of free-will: necessitarianism.—n. Deter′minist.—adj. Determinis′tic. [Fr.,—L. determināre, -ātumde, neg., and terminus, a boundary.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of determine in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of determine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of determine in a Sentence

  1. Hans Gilliams:

    On the basis of this, they can determine a common approach.

  2. Kelly Ward:

    There is no question that the next decade of our democracy is on the ballot in This November. This is the last cycle that is going to determine who is at the table during the redistricting process when congressional and state legislative districts get redrawn in 2021, this is our last chance to elect candidates to the state legislatures around the country.

  3. Howard Fields:

    We have a slogan right outside when you come into our building that says, ‘ Do better than your best, ’ you determine how far you can go, no one else. She is an individual who exemplified that every single day.

  4. Stefaan Poortman:

    I think that many sites need to determine cultural and environmental carrying capacities, and then limit visitation numbers to sustainable numbers.

  5. Reza Sanaye:

    Basics of Macro-systems' Behavior Prediction 1 .The Macro-systems with their sometimes stochastic behavior may be (good) indicators of the dispersal of information from a holistic standpoint as well as [to be discussed later on] from a regionally molecular anisotropic zone. 2. The data scattering as for systems with quasi-vector behavior on liquids, on gases, and amongst solids, when observed from an epi-phenomenological perspective versus a phenomenological one, can show that a number of classical views on mechanistic behavior of Macro-systems may be substituted with some “machinic” view.¬ 3. The abandonment of the purely mechanistic view of interfacial forces and the adoption of thermodynamic and probabilistic concepts such as free energy and entropy have been two of the most important steps towards getting out of the worn-out mechanistic notions into more abstract conceptualization of information dispersal, working instead of causality. 4. Comparison also has to be made between hermeneutics of the notion of entropic forces within and without the framework of established thermodynamics. The very word “force” is itself a bit too collocated with entropy already. What we are after is to make it next of kin to ideas of data, information, topology of data, and mereology of stochasticity. 5. The physico-chemical potentiality inside a variety of equilibrium states can be used as a platform for anisotropic configurations whereby not only the entropy of confinement, but also the entropy of dispersal find their true meaning. 6. Within contexts of classical accumulation and energy-growth models, the verifiability of any anisotropic reversal is also demonstrable, if not by means of a set of axioms, at least by multiplicities of interfacial behavior in which experimental data find their mereotopological ratios one in the neighborhood of the other (considering first, for the sake of simplicity, our state spaces to be of metric nature). 7. Thus, there remains the reciprocity of interfacial tensions calculations where surface tension gives rise to internal polarization of those data systems by which we should like to derive either axiomatic or multiple manifoldic regionalization of PREDICTION. 8. This, with a number of Chaotic and Strange-Attractors modifications, can potentially be applied even to the whole matrix of the Universe. 9. Most of the literature on systems (information) entropy regard mesoscopic level as THE one with highest aptitude for (physicalistic) data analysis. However, there are clues to indicate that some of the main streams of structuration and dynamics are EITHER in common amongst microscopic, mesoscopic, and macroscopic systems OR holistic patterns of the said structurations and dynamics can be derived one from the other two. For example, we shall show later—in the course of the unfolding of present notions—that density functional theory (DFT) which has become the physicists’ methodology for describing solids’ electronic structure, can also be extended to other methods or systems. Few-atom systems can implicate the already explicated order of, say, biomolecules if rigorous analyses are carried out over the transition phases (translational data mappings). 10. The level of likelihood of information dispersal in any nano- and pico-systems with/without (full) attachment to and/or dependence upon chemical energy exchange, relates to dynamics of differentials of those multiplicities of tubing interconnector manifolds which potentially have the capacity to harness thermal energy. This spells that consumption of chemical energy does not necessarily always act against the infusion of energy. Here, delineation has to be made over the minutiae of the differences between Micro- and Macro-systems. Any movement of lines of demarcation throughout the said systems over the issue of (non-)interdependency of data mereotopology on chemical energy exchange, may be predicted if classical nucleation and growth theories give their place to an even more rigorous science of Differences. Repetition of (observation) of such Differences makes it possible to see through some of the most “macro” levels of systematicity [we have already run some simulations of micro-spaces’ state mappings for purposes of clarifying how many of the plasma macro jet streams inside stars or in the inter-galaxial space move. Even magneticity has turned out, with all due caution, to be comparable]. The above-said Differences actually refer to potentialities within lines of thermodynamic exchanges based upon anisotropy of information. Such exchanges nominate themselves as MO exchanges when “micro” but as some the most specific gravito-convectional currents in usages for astrology, earth science, and ecology. Thence, the science will be brought out of prognosing the detailed balance of mesoscopic (ir-)reversibility in terms of data neighborhoods connectivity. On any differentiable manifold with its own ring of universal differentiable functions, we may determine to have the “installing” of modules of Kähler spaces where demarcation could be represented by: d(a+b)=da+db, d(ab)=adb+bda, and: dλ=0(a,b∈A,λ∈k)d(a+b)=da+db,d(ab)=adb+bda,dλ=0(a,b∈A,λ∈k) Where any one module has the formalism: dbdb (b∈Ab∈A). All these having been said, again we have the problematics of still remaining within the realm of classic calculus. It is likely that for Macrosystems we may decide not to apply the classical version.

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