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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.


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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