determine

If you determine something, you figure it out or settle a question, like when, after checking paws and hands, you determine that it's not the dog that ate your candy stash, but your kid sister.

Determine comes from the Latin for "bring to a close," and when you determine something, you have closed all the questions you have about it and are quite sure you know the answer. If you become a detective, you'll have to determine who did the crime. After working through a mathematical problem, you determine the value of X. Determine can also mean influence. Your childhood spent in your grandmother's delightful kitchen might have determined your future career as a baker.

Definitions of determine
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v find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

Synonyms:
ascertain, check, find out, learn, see, watch
ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
ascertain, find, find out
establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
Types:
test
determine the presence or properties of (a substance)

v establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

Synonyms:
ascertain, find, find out
ascertain, check, find out, learn, see, watch
find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
discover, find
make a discovery, make a new finding
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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 (a lens)
count, enumerate, number, numerate
determine the number or amount of
admeasure
determine the quantity of someone's share
locate, situate
determine or indicate the place, site, or limits of, as if by an instrument or by a survey
recount
count again
miscount
count wrongly
census
conduct a census
add, add together, add up, sum, sum up, summate, tally, tot, tot up, total, tote up
determine the sum of
acquire
locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar
radiolocate
locate by means of radar
map
locate within a specific region of a chromosome in relation to known DNA or gene sequences
localise, localize, place
identify the location or place of
base
situate as a center of operations

v shape or influence; give direction to

“experience often determines ability”
Synonyms:
influence, mold, regulate, shape
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dispose, incline
make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
disincline, indispose
make unwilling
miscreate
shape or form or make badly
carry weight
have influence to a specified degree
decide
influence or determine
reshape
shape anew or differently
time
set the speed, duration, or execution of
index
adjust through indexation
pace
regulate or set the pace of
predetermine
determine beforehand
predispose
make susceptible
foreordain, predestine, preordain
foreordain or determine beforehand
foreordain, predestinate, predestine
foreordain by divine will or decree
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

v reach, make, or come to a decision about something

Synonyms:
decide, make up one's mind
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measure, measure out, mensurate
determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
will
determine by choice
seal
decide irrevocably
purpose, resolve
reach a decision
decree, rule
decide with authority
orient, orientate
determine one's position with reference to another point
adjudicate, judge, try
put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of
govern, order, regularise, regularize, regulate
bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
standardise, standardize
cause to conform to standard or norm
empanel, impanel, panel
select from a list
shoot
measure the altitude of by using a sextant
triangulate
measure by using trigonometry
caliper, calliper
measure the diameter of something with calipers
anoint
choose by or as if by divine intervention
field
select (a team or individual player) for a game
sieve, sift
distinguish and separate out
draw
select or take in from a given group or region
dial
choose by means of a dial
go, plump
give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
pick
select carefully from a group
elect
choose
excerpt, extract, take out
take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy
cull out, winnow
select desirable parts from a group or list
cream off, skim off
pick the best
pick over, sieve out
separate or remove
assign, set apart, specify
select something or someone for a specific purpose
single out
select from a group
override, overrule, overthrow, overturn, reverse
rule against
think of
choose in one's mind
calibrate
measure the caliber of
define, fix, limit, set, specify
decide upon or fix definitely
rule in, rule out
include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules
guide, guide on
use as a guide
reorient, reorientate
orient once again, after a disorientation
adopt, espouse, follow
choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
screen, screen out, sieve, sort
examine in order to test suitability
vote in
elect in a voting process
elect
select by a vote for an office or membership
nominate, propose
put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position
vote
express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote
court-martial
subject to trial by court-martial
district, zone
regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns

v settle conclusively; come to terms

Synonyms:
settle, square off, square up
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clear, solve
settle, as of a debt
concert
settle by agreement
clinch
settle conclusively
compromise
settle by concession
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conclude, resolve
reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

v fix conclusively or authoritatively

Synonyms:
set
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identify, place
recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something
date
assign a date to; determine the (probable) date of
value
fix or determine the value of; assign a value to
filiate
fix the paternity of
format
determine the arrangement of (data) for storage and display (in computer science)
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 (a payment such as a fine)
price
determine the price of
chronologise, chronologize
establish the order in time of something
misdate
assign the wrong date to
differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart
mark as different
overestimate, overvalue
assign too high a value to
underestimate, undervalue
assign too low a value to
float
allow (currencies) to fluctuate
mark up
increase the price of
manipulate, rig
manipulate in a fraudulent manner
overprice
price excessively high
underquote
offer for sale at a price lower than the market price

v decide upon or fix definitely

Synonyms:
define, fix, limit, set, specify
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quantify
use as a quantifier
name
mention and identify by name
reset
set anew
define
give a definition for the meaning of a word
redefine
give a new or different definition of (a word)
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

v fix in scope; fix the boundaries of

“the tree determines the border of the property”
Types:
nail down, narrow, narrow down, peg down, pin down, specify
define clearly
concretize
make something concrete
Type of:
define, delimit, delimitate, delineate, specify
determine the essential quality of

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