determine

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Determine \De*ter"mine\, verb (used with an object) [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.

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

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

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

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

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

The character of the soul is determined by the character of its God. --J. Edwards.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

8. (Logic) To define or limit by adding a differentia.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Determine \De*ter"mine\, verb (used without an object)

1. To come to an end; to end; to terminate. [Obs.]

He who has vented a pernicious doctrine or published an ill book must know that his life determine not together. --South.

Estates may determine on future contingencies. --Blackstone.

2. To come to a decision; to decide; to resolve; -- often with on. "Determine on some course." --Shak.

He shall pay as the judges determine. --Ex. xxi. 22.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

determine

verb

1: establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize" [syn: {determine}, {find}, {find out}, {ascertain}]

2: shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion" [syn: {determine}, {shape}, {mold}, {influence}, {regulate}]

3: fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules" [syn: {determine}, {set}]

4: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: {specify}, {set}, {determine}, {define}, {fix}, {limit}]

5: reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations" [syn: {decide}, {make up one's mind}, {determine}]

6: fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; "the tree determines the border of the property"

7: settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the argument" [syn: {settle}, {square off}, {square up}, {determine}]

8: find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time" [syn: {determine}, {check}, {find out}, {see}, {ascertain}, {watch}, {learn}]


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