verb (used with object), de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing.
- to settle or decide (a dispute, question, etc.) by an authoritative or conclusive decision.
- to conclude or ascertain, as after reasoning, observation, etc.
- Geometry. to fix the position of.
- to cause, affect, or control; fix or decide causally: Demand for a product usually determines supply.
- to give direction or tendency to; impel.
- Logic. to limit (a notion) by adding differentiating characteristics.
- Chiefly Law. to put an end to; terminate.
- to lead or bring (a person) to a decision.
- to decide upon.
verb (used without object), de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing.
- to come to a decision or resolution; decide.
- Chiefly Law. to come to an end.
- to settle or decide (an argument, question, etc) conclusively, as by referring to an authority
- (tr) to ascertain or conclude, esp after observation or consideration
- (tr) to shape or influence; give direction toexperience often determines ability
- (tr) to fix in scope, extent, variety, etcthe river determined the edge of the property
- to make or cause to make a decisionhe determined never to marry
- (tr) logic to define or limit (a notion) by adding or requiring certain features or characteristics
- (tr) geometry to fix or specify the position, form, or configuration oftwo points determine a line
- mainly law to come or bring to an end, as an estate or interest in land
- (tr) to decide (a legal action or dispute)
mid-14c., “to come to an end,” also “to settle, decide” (late 14c.), from Old French determiner (12c.) or directly from Latin determinare “to enclose, bound, set limits to,” from de- “off” (see de-) + terminare “to mark the end or boundary,” from terminus “end, limit” (see terminus). Sense of “coming to a firm decision” (to do something) is from mid-15c. Related: Determined; determining; determiner.
see bound and determined.