What is the meaning of determine?


  • Establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study.
    • usage: "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
  • Shape or influence; give direction to.
    • usage: "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"
  • Fix conclusively or authoritatively.
    • usage: "set the rules"
  • Decide upon or fix definitely.
    • usage: "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
  • Reach, make, or come to a decision about something.
    • usage: "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
  • Fix in scope; fix the boundaries of.
    • usage: "the tree determines the border of the property"
  • Settle conclusively; come to terms.
    • usage: "We finally settled the argument"
  • Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort.
    • usage: "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"
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MLAWordNet. "determine" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/determine/definitions/1270099>
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