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Determine appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Determine bat order (it’s my gym’s tired rota): Ben, Imre, Ted.
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Determine is sometimes a misspelling of determined.

Definition of the verb determine

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Determine is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: determined | determining | determines

  1. establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]I discovered how she did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]I discovered that it didn't make sense
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I discovered how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]I discovered what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-infinitive clause]I discovered what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I discovered the fleece

      Discover Verbs (with the same syntax): ascertain, deduce, discover, figure out, find, guess, rationalize, realize, solve.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of determine: ascertain / find / find out
    • more specific words:
      • gauge = determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation
      • translate = determine the amino-acid sequence of a protein during its synthesis by using information on the messenger RNA
      • rectify = math: determine the length of
      • redetermine = fix, find, or establish again
      • sequence = determine the order of constituents in
      • refract = determine the refracting power of
      • enumerate / numerate / number / count = determine the number or amount of
      • admeasure = determine the quantity of someone's share
      • situate / locate = determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
  2. shape or influence; give direction to
  3. fix conclusively or authoritatively
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of determine: set
    • more specific words:
      • identify / place = recognize as being
      • date = assign a date to
      • value = fix or determine the value of
      • filiate = fix the paternity of
      • format = determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display
      • charge = set or ask for a certain price
      • initialise / initialize = assign an initial value to a computer program
      • assess / tax = set or determine the amount of
      • price = determine the price of
  4. decide upon or fix definitely
  5. reach, make, or come to a decision about something
  6. fix in scope; fix the boundaries of
  7. settle conclusively; come to terms
  8. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
    • example: They determine whether there was a traffic accident
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of determine: ascertain / check / find out / learn / see / watch
    • more specific word: test = determine the presence or properties of

Alternative definition of the verb determine


  1. To set the limits of.
  2. To ascertain definitely; to figure out.


Determine, was an American Thoroughbred race horse. In a racing career which lasted from 1953 through 1955, the California-trained colt ran forty-four times and won eighteen races. His best season was 1954 when he became the first gray horse to win the Kentucky Derby.

  • born in (65 years ago)
  • died in (44 years ago)


Who is Determine?

Determine is a musical artist, musician.

  • born in (44 years ago)
  • albums: "Freedom Chant", "Jah Jah Crown / The Best of Them"

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Determine

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Google previewThe liberty of Rome

by S. Eliot

A second point to determine is the fashion in which the judicial powers of the Commonwealth were employed by the magistrates or the assemblies. The proceedings before a magistrate were soon, ifnot already, of minor importance, and ...

Google previewThe RVer's Bible (Revised and Updated) (2009)

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Your RV by Kim Baker, Sunny Baker

More difficult to determine is the RV maker's.

Google previewQuickBooks 2010 Solutions Guide for Business Owners and Accountants (2009)

by Laura Madeira

If your company is selected to have a sales tax audit, one of the first numbers the auditor will want to determine is the total sales you reported on your tax returns for the time period being audited. To compare your total sales on the Sales Tax ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Church and Religious Organization Marketing (2013)

by Robert E Stevens, David L Loudon, Henry Cole, Bruce Wrenn

DESCRIPTIVE RESEARCH is conducted when there is a need to measure the frequency with which a sampled population behaves, thinks, or is likely to act or to determine the extent to which two variables covary. Research must be highly ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of High-tech Crime and Crime-fighting (2003)

by Michael Newton

Bones may also be dated with fair accuracy, to determine if a skeleton is “new” ( and thus of concern to police) or a relic from earlier times (as when aboriginal graves are disturbed). Old injuries or abnormalities become definitive in cases ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

It is therefore difficult or impossible to determine how these variables will express themselves in naturalistic contexts. To again take the example of self-medication, alcohol consumption has been shown to immediately reduce the negative ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Political Economy (2002)

2-volume set by Phillip O'Hara

Definitions To determine the size of the labor force, surveys of households are taken periodically by national governments to determine how many persons are in each category. Therefore, when using labor force data, care must be taken to ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Police Science (2007)

by Jack R. Greene

Descriptive temporal analysis to determine the most likely times of the day or year in which crime will occur . Statistical comparison methods to analyze data from randomized controlled experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular ...

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Usage statistics about determine

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Quotes about Determine

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. (George Eliot)
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Scrabble value of D2E1T1E1R1M3I1N1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of DETERMINE

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