Determine
Determine De*ter"mine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Determined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Determining}.] [F. d['e]terminer, L. determinare, determinatum; de + terminare limit, terminus limit. See {Term}.] 1. To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate. [1913 Webster]

[God] hath determined the times before appointed. --Acts xvii. 26. [1913 Webster]

2. To set bounds to; to fix the determination of; to limit; to bound; to bring to an end; to finish. [1913 Webster]

The knowledge of men hitherto hath been determined by the view or sight. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Now, where is he that will not stay so long Till his friend sickness hath determined me? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle. [1913 Webster]

The character of the soul is determined by the character of its God. --J. Edwards. [1913 Webster]

Something divinely beautiful . . . that at some time or other might influence or even determine her course of life. --W. Black. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

5. 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. [1913 Webster]

6. 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. [1913 Webster]

7. 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. [1913 Webster]

8. (Logic) To define or limit by adding a differentia. [1913 Webster]

9. (Physical Sciences) To ascertain the presence, quantity, or amount of; as, to determine the parallax; to determine the salt in sea water. [1913 Webster]


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  • determine — [dē tʉr′mən, ditʉr′mən] vt. determined, determining [ME determinen < OFr determiner < L determinare, to bound, limit < de , from + terminare, to set bounds < terminus, an end: see TERM2] 1. to set limits to; bound; define 2. to settle …   English World dictionary

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  • determine — 1 settle, rule, *decide, resolve Analogous words: fix, *set, establish: dispose, predispose, *incline, bias: drive, impel, *move, actuate: *induce, persuade 2 ascertain, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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