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determine

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1  —as in:
this game determines the champion
Definition to control (how something will turn out)
  • The research paper determines 50% of the class grade.
determines = controls
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The number of days of vacation is determined by years at the company.
  • determined = controlled
  • A coin flip determines the outcome.
  • determines = controls
  • This game will determine who wins the national championship.
  • determine = control
  • We want the power to determine the destiny of our black and oppressed communities.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • determine = control (how something will turn out)
  • It is a civil war, Hazel Grace, with a predetermined winner.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • predetermined = controlled in advance
    (editor's note:  The prefix "pre-" means in advance or before as seen in prepay and preschool.)
  • Ultimately the determining factor is the mental attitude of the ruling class itself.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • determining = controlling (how something will turn out)
  •   If he be slain, say I; or if not, no.
      Brief sounds determine of my weal or woe.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • determine = control (how something will turn out)
  • I cringed a little at the position of power I'd been granted, and all because I had won at the genetic lottery that had determined my sex.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • determined = controlled
  • But today we honor your differences. They have determined your futures. She began to describe this year's group and its variety of personalities,
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
determined = controlled

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2  —as in:
determine the truth
Definition to learn, discover, or officially decide
  • They are working to determine the cause of the accident.
determine = learn or discover
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The court determined that she violated the terms of the contract.
  • determined = officially decided
  • She is awaiting determination of her status as a political refugee.
  • determination = an official finding or decision
  • She determined that there was an error in the calculation.
  • determined = discovered
  • The board determined that she is not eligible for parole.
  • determined = officially decided
  • She uses TurboTax to determine her tax liability.
  • determine = figure out (learn or calculate)
  • The issue needs to be determined politically rather than judiciously.
  • determined = officially decided
  • Fortunately, the coroner determined that Mr. McSouthers died of a heart attack, as did Samuel W Westing.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • determined = figured out
  • Is there any way to determine how long the fibers had been on the jacket?
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • determine = figure out
  • The coroner determined that the fatal wound was self-inflicted.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
determined = officially decided after investigation

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3  —as in:
is determined to succeed
Definition firm in purpose
  • I'm determined to become a lawyer.
determined = firmly planning
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She started the job with enthusiasm and determination.
  • determination = firmness of purpose
  • She thinks the product represents the future of the company and is determined to dominate the market.
  • determined = firm in purpose
  • She is determined to find a cure for the disease.
  • determined = firmly planning
  • By Sunday, he was still determined not to go back to school.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • determined = firm in purpose
  • I was determined to prove her wrong.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • determined = firm in purpose
  • She was amazed at the determination and single-mindedness with which they pursued their goals.
    Mina Baites  --  The Silver Music Box
  • determination = firmness of purpose
  • Lale is determined to find out who these men are.
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • determined = firm in purpose
  • I could see that he was determined that they should not pass.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • determined = firm in purpose
  • Head low, determined to leave before anyone else approached, he stepped onto the aft deck of his cabin cruiser.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
determined = firm in purpose

4  —as in:
I determined what to do
Definition decide
  • I determined to prolong my holiday.
determined = decided
(editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She determined to study each of the virtues.
  • determined = decided
    (editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)
  • DANFORTH: Do you take it upon yourself to determine what this court shall believe and what it shall set aside?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • determine = decide
  • She determined to nurse her child to health, and she put all her being into it.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • determined = decided
    (editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)
  • "Maybe you should let me determine that myself?" he says.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • determine = decide
  • Some of the actors are the same, most are new, their lines unwritten, their role not yet determined.
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • determined = decided
    (editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)
  • I had determined at one time that the memory of these evils should die with me, but you have won me to alter my determination.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • determined = decided
    (editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)
  • She was as keen as Alyss for King Nolan's return, but she had determined to enjoy the day's festivities.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • determined = decided
    (editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)
  • He wanted to go, and he didn't see that Mr. Sloane had determined he shouldn't.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • determined = decided
    (editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)
  • They even all have the same last name, and she silently curses whoever it was who determined that they should all be named Ward—as if being one weren't enough of a stigma.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
determined = decided
(editor's note:  This sense of determined is seen more in classic literature. In most of those uses today, it would be replaced by decided.)

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