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de·ter·mine

 (dĭ-tûr′mĭn)
v. de·ter·mined, de·ter·min·ing, de·ter·mines
v.tr.
1.
a. To establish or ascertain definitely, as after consideration, investigation, or calculation: determined the easiest way to reach the summit. See Synonyms at discover.
b. To give direction to by making decisions; devise or control: The school board determines educational policy.
c. To decide or settle (a dispute, for example) conclusively and authoritatively. See Synonyms at decide.
2. To cause (someone) to come to a decision or resolution: "It was the discovery ... of this very project of hers, which determined him to come forward at once, own it all to his uncle" (Jane Austen).
3. To be the cause of; bring about a result regarding: the genes that determine eye color.
4. Mathematics To fix or define the position, form, or configuration of.
5. Logic To explain or limit by adding differences.
6. Archaic To put an end to legally; terminate under the law.
v.intr.
1. To reach a decision; resolve: determined to become a better pilot; determined on a course of treatment.
2. Archaic To come to an end through legal means.

[Middle English determinen, from Old French determiner, from Latin dētermināre, to limit : dē-, de- + terminus, boundary.]

de·ter′min·a·ble adj.
de·ter′min·a·ble·ness n.
de·ter′min·a·bly adv.

determining

(dɪˈtɜːmɪnɪŋ)
adj
having the quality of deciding
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.determining - having the power or quality of deciding; "the crucial experiment"; "cast the deciding vote"; "the determinative (or determinant) battle"
decisive - determining or having the power to determine an outcome; "cast the decisive vote"; "two factors had a decisive influence"

determining

adjective deciding, important, settling, essential, critical, crucial, decisive, final, definitive, conclusive Cost was not a determining factor in my choice.
Translations

determining

[dɪˈtɜːmɪnɪŋ] ADJ determining factorfactor m determinante

determining

determining

[dɪˈtɜːmɪnɪŋ] adjdeterminante
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Owing to a confident reliance upon other means of determining the vessel's place, some merchantmen, and many whalemen, especially when cruising, wholly neglect to heave the log; though at the same time, and frequently more for form's sake than anything else, regularly putting down upon the customary slate the course steered by the ship, as well as the presumed average rate of progression every hour.
I had not sup- posed he would move in the matter while I was away; and so I had not mapped out a scheme for determining the merits of officers; I had only remarked that it would be wise to submit every candidate to a sharp and searching examination; and privately I meant to put together a list of military qualifications that no- body could answer to but my West Pointers.
But one of the chief interests lay in chasing the seasons of the year up the mountain, and determining them by the presence of flowers and berries which we were acquainted with.
In short, she sat, during the first visit, looking at Jane Fairfax with twofold complacency; the sense of pleasure and the sense of rendering justice, and was determining that she would dislike her no longer.
After making all the inquiries that occurred to her at the time, and after determining to give the maid a fair trial, Magdalen rose to leave the room.
The opportunity that the day's rest had given me for reflection, had resulted in my fully determining to say nothing to him respecting Compeyson.
Apart from their serious influence as determining destinies of the character, what endless opportunities they afford to lovers, who perhaps are denied all other meeting-places than may be found on the tell-tale pages of a marked volume.
I then descended to the courts of justice; over which the judges, those venerable sages and interpreters of the law, presided, for determining the disputed rights and properties of men, as well as for the punishment of vice and protection of innocence.
The general presented the ambassador with a rich robe, and returned this gallant answer: "That he and his fellow-soldiers were come with an intention to drive Mahomet out of these countries, which he had wrongfully usurped; that his present design was, instead of returning back the way he came, as Mahomet advised, to open himself a passage through the country of his enemies; that Mahomet should rather think of determining whether he would fight or yield up his ill-gotten territories, than of prescribing measures to him; that he put his whole confidence in the omnipotence of God and the justice of his cause, and that to show how just a sense he had of Mahomet's kindness, he took the liberty of presenting him with a looking-glass and a pair of pincers.
quoth Robin, determining to find some sport in the matter.
And I had little difficulty in determining the objects with which it was necessary to commence, for I was already persuaded that it must be with the simplest and easiest to know, and, considering that of all those who have hitherto sought truth in the sciences, the mathematicians alone have been able to find any demonstrations, that is, any certain and evident reasons, I did not doubt but that such must have been the rule of their investigations.
In what relation the Apology of Plato stands to the real defence of Socrates, there are no means of determining.