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determine
used in The Great Gatsby

3 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
determine the truth
Definition
to learn, discover, or officially decide
  • Something in his leisurely movements and the secure position of his feet upon the lawn suggested that it was Mr. Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens.
    p. 20.8
determine = discover
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2  —4 uses as in:
is determined to succeed
Definition
firm in purpose
  • I saw that for some reason of his own he was determined not to come, so I stood up.
    p. 172.0
determined = firm in purpose
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I think he'd tanked up a good deal at luncheon, and his determination to have my company bordered on violence.
    p. 24.7
  • determination = firmness of purpose
  • Then, taking a long breath and straightening his shoulders, he remarked in a determined voice: "Wonder'ff tell me where there's a gas'line station?"
    p. 55.3
  • determined = firm in purpose
  • She showed a surprising amount of character about it too — looked at the coroner with determined eyes under that corrected brow of hers, and swore that her sister had never seen Gatsby, that her sister was completely happy with her husband, that her sister had been into no mischief whatever.
    p. 163.9
determined = firm in purpose
There are no more uses of "determined" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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3  —1 use as in:
I determined what to do
Definition
decide
  • He wanted to go, and he didn't see that Mr. Sloane had determined he shouldn't.
    p. 103.2
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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