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determine

See also: détermine and déterminé

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English determinen, from Old French determiner, French déterminer, from Latin determinare (to bound, limit, prescribe, fix, determine), from de + terminare (to limit), from terminus (bound, limit, end).

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determine (third-person singular simple present determines, present participle determining, simple past and past participle determined)

  1. To set the limits of.
    • Bible, Acts xvii. 26
      [God] hath determined the times before appointed.
    • Francis Bacon
      The knowledge of men hitherto hath been determined by the view or sight.
  2. To ascertain definitely; to figure out.
    • 2013 July 20, “Old soldiers?”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8845: 
      Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine. The machine gun is so much more lethal than the bow and arrow that comparisons are meaningless.
  3. To fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle.
    • J. Edwards
      The character of the soul is determined by the character of its God.
    • W. Black
      something divinely beautiful [] that at some time or other might influence or even determine her course of life
  4. To fix the course of; to impel and direct; with a remoter object preceded by to.
    Someone else's will determined me to this course.
  5. To bring to a conclusion, as a question or controversy; to settle authoritative or judicial sentence; to decide.
    The court has determined the cause.
  6. To resolve on; to have a fixed intention of; also, to cause to come to a conclusion or decision; to lead.
    The news of his father's illness determined him to depart immediately.
  7. (logic) To define or limit by adding a differentia.
  8. (obsolete) To bring to an end; to finish.
    • Shakespeare
      Now, where is he that will not stay so long / Till his friend sickness hath determined me?

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GalicianEdit

VerbEdit

determine

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of determinar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of determinar

LadinEdit

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determine

  1. first-person singular present indicative of determiner
  2. first-person singular present subjunctive of determiner
  3. third-person singular present subjunctive of determiner
  4. third-person plural present subjunctive of determiner

PortugueseEdit

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determine

  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of determinar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of determinar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of determinar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of determinar

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determine

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of determinar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of determinar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of determinar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of determinar.