Olympic athletes are some of the most determined people you're going to meet. At that level, they've got to be driven to succeed. Otherwise, their opponents will surely beat them.

If you want to reach your goal, you must be determined to do so. To be determined is to be motivated, driven, or really focused on the task at hand — and that can be something as big as winning a prize or as small as fixing a squeaky door. No matter the task, the folks who get the job done are almost always the most determined. Determined can also mean "decided." For instance, a judge can determine what the sentence will be. If that sentence is "pre-determined," then it's already been decided.

Definitions of determined

adj having been learned or found or determined especially by investigation

ascertained, discovered, observed
discovered or determined by scientific observation
not yet having been ascertained or determined
not explained
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adj devoting full strength and concentrated attention to

“made continued and determined efforts to find and destroy enemy headquarters”
obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate
tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

adj characterized by great determination

“a struggle against a determined enemy”
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination

adj strongly motivated to succeed

compulsive, driven
having a strong desire for success or achievement

adj determined or decided upon as by an authority

“date and place are already determined
dictated, set
established or decided beyond dispute or doubt

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