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English verb: determine

1. determine (communication) establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study


SamplesFind the product of two numbers.
The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize.


Synonymsascertain, find, find out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)admeasure, count, enumerate, gauge, locate, number, numerate, rectify, redetermine, refract, sequence, situate, translate


Verb groupascertain, check, determine, discover, find, find out, learn, see, watch

2. determine (cognition) shape or influence; give direction to


SamplesExperience often determines ability.
Mold public opinion.


Synonymsinfluence, mold, regulate, shape


Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make


Narrower (hyponym)carry weight, decide, disincline, dispose, incline, index, indispose, miscreate, pace, predetermine, reshape, time

3. determine (cognition) fix conclusively or authoritatively


SamplesSet the rules.


Synonymsset


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to somebody


Narrower (hyponym)assess, charge, date, filiate, format, identify, initialise, initialize, place, price, tax, value

4. determine (communication) decide upon or fix definitely


SamplesFix the variables.
Specify the parameters.


Synonymsdefine, fix, limit, set, specify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take


Narrower (hyponym)define, name, quantify, reset

5. determine (cognition) reach, make, or come to a decision about something


SamplesWe finally decided after lengthy deliberations.


ExamplesThey determine to move


Synonymsdecide, make up one's mind


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)adjudicate, choose, decree, govern, judge, measure, measure out, mensurate, order, orient, orientate, pick out, purpose, regularise, regularize, regulate, resolve, rule, seal, select, take, try, will


Entaildebate, deliberate

6. determine (cognition) fix in scope; fix the boundaries of


SamplesThe tree determines the border of the property.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)define, delimit, delimitate, delineate, specify


Narrower (hyponym)nail down, narrow, narrow down, peg down, pin down, specify

7. determine (communication) settle conclusively; come to terms


SamplesWe finally settled the argument.


Synonymssettle, square off, square up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)conclude, resolve


Narrower (hyponym)clear, clinch, compromise, concert, solve

8. determine (communication) find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort


SamplesI want to see whether she speaks French.
See whether it works.
Find out if he speaks Russian.
Check whether the train leaves on time.


ExamplesThey determine whether there was a traffic accident


Synonymsascertain, check, find out, learn, see, watch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s whether INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)test


Verb groupascertain, ascertain, assure, check, control, determine, ensure, find, find out, insure, see, see to it









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