Alternative forms Edit
- determin (obsolete)
From Middle English determinen, from Old French determiner, French déterminer, from Latin determināre (“to bound, limit, prescribe, fix, determine”), from de + termināre (“to limit”), from terminus (“bound, limit, end”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈtɜːmɪn/
- (US) IPA(key): /dɪˈtɝmɪn/
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- To set the boundaries or limits of.
- 1611, Bible, KJV edition, Acts 17:26:
- [God] hath determined the times before appointed.
- 1844, Francis Bacon, The Works of Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England:
- The knowledge of men hitherto hath been determined by the view or sight.
- To ascertain definitely; to figure out, find out, or conclude by analyzing, calculating, or investigating.
- To fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle.
- 1741 July 8, Jonathan Edwards, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God:
- The character of the soul is determined by the character of its God.
- 1913, W. Black, 1913 Webster's Dictionary:
- something divinely beautiful […] that at some time or other might influence or even determine her course of life
- To fix the course of; to impel and direct; with a remoter object preceded by to.
- The news of his father's illness determined him to depart immediately.
- To bring to a conclusion, as a question or controversy; to settle authoritative or judicial sentence; to decide.
- The court has determined the cause.
- To resolve (to do something); to establish a fixed intention; to cause (something) to come to a conclusion or decision; to lead.
- I determined to go home at once.
- (logic) To define or limit by adding a differentia.
- (law, otherwise obsolete) To bring to an end; to finish.
Derived terms Edit
Further reading Edit
- “determine”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “determine”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “determine”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- "determine" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 98.