The verb predetermine means "determine in advance," like when you predetermine how much money you will spend on your friend's birthday present to make shopping easier.

Predetermine comes from the Latin word praedeterminare, from prae, meaning “beforehand,” and determinare, meaning “limit, settle.” When you predetermine things, such as who will bring the food and music to a party, things run more smoothly than if you left it to chance. Another meaning of the word isn't so positive — if the organizers of a contest predetermine that their friend will win, this isn't fair to the other participants.

Definitions of predetermine
  1. verb
    determine beforehand
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    foreordain, predestine, preordain
    foreordain or determine beforehand
    foreordain, predestinate, predestine
    foreordain by divine will or decree
    foredoom to failure
    type of:
    determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape
    shape or influence; give direction to
  2. verb
    cause to be biased
    synonyms: bias
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    angle, skew, slant, weight
    present with a bias
    type of:
    prejudice, prepossess
    influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
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