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determine (v.)

late 14c., determinen, "to settle, decide upon; state definitely; fix the bounds of; limit in time or extent," also "come to a firm decision or definite intention" (to do something), from Old French determiner (12c.) and directly from Latin determinare "to enclose, bound, set limits to," from de "off" (see de-) + terminare "to mark the end or boundary," from terminus "end, limit" (see terminus).

Meaning "render judgment" is from early 15c. Sense of "give direction or tendency to" is from early 15c. Meaning "to find (as the solution of a problem)" is from 1640s. Related: Determined; determining; determiner.

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Definitions of determine from WordNet

determine (v.)
establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study;
Synonyms: find / find out / ascertain
determine (v.)
shape or influence; give direction to;
experience often determines ability
Synonyms: shape / mold / influence / regulate
determine (v.)
fix conclusively or authoritatively;
Synonyms: set
determine (v.)
decide upon or fix definitely;
Synonyms: specify / set / define / fix / limit
determine (v.)
reach, make, or come to a decision about something;
Synonyms: decide / make up one's mind
determine (v.)
fix in scope; fix the boundaries of;
the tree determines the border of the property
determine (v.)
settle conclusively; come to terms;
Synonyms: settle / square off / square up
determine (v.)
find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort;
Synonyms: check / find out / see / ascertain / watch / learn
From wordnet.princeton.edu