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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Determine  \De*ter"mine\,  v.  i. 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  [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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  determine 
  v  1:  after  a  calculation,  investigation,  experiment,  or  study; 
  "find  the  product  of  two  numbers";  "The  physicist  who 
  found  the  elusive  particle  won  the  Nobel  Prize"  [syn:  {find}, 
  {find  out},  {ascertain}] 
  2:  shape  or  influence;  give  direction  to  "experience  often 
  determines  ability"  [syn:  {shape},  {influence},  {regulate}] 
  3:  fix  conclusively  or  authoritatively;  "set  the  rules"  [syn:  {set}] 
  4:  decide  upon  as  of  variables  in  math  [syn:  {specify},  {set}, 
  {fix}] 
  5:  reach,  make  or  come  to  a  decision  about  something  "We 
  finally  decided  after  lengthy  deliberations"  [syn:  {decide}, 
  {make  up  one's  mind}] 
  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}] 
  8:  find  out  or  learn  with  certainty;  "I  want  to  see  whether  she 
  speaks  French";  "See  whether  it  works";  "Watch  how  he  will 
  react"  [syn:  {check},  {find  out},  {see},  {ascertain},  {watch}, 
  {learn}] 




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