Determine

Definition of Determine

De`ter´mine
v. t.1.To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate.
[imp. & p. p. Determined ; p. pr. & vb. n. Determining.]
[God] hath determined the times before appointed.
- Acts xvii. 26.
2.To set bounds to; to fix the determination of; to limit; to bound; to bring to an end; to finish.
The knowledge of men hitherto hath been determined by the view or sight.
- Bacon.
Now, where is he that will not stay so long
Till his friend sickness hath determined me?
- Shak.
3.To fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle.
The character of the soul is determined by the character of its God.
- J. Edwards.
Something divinely beautiful . . . that at some time or other might influence or even determine her course of life.
- W. Black.
4.To fix the course of; to impel and direct; - with a remoter object preceded by to; as, another's will determined me to this course.
5.To ascertain definitely; to find out the specific character or name of; to assign to its true place in a system; as, to determine an unknown or a newly discovered plant or its name.
6.To bring to a conclusion, as a question or controversy; to settle authoritative or judicial sentence; to decide; as, the court has determined the cause.
7.To resolve on; to have a fixed intention of; also, to cause to come to a conclusion or decision; to lead; as, this determined him to go immediately.
8.(Logic) To define or limit by adding a differentia.
9.(Physical Sciences) To ascertain the presence, quantity, or amount of; as, to determine the parallax; to determine the salt in sea water.
v. i.1.To come to an end; to end; to terminate.
He who has vented a pernicious doctrine or published an ill book must know that his life determine not together.
- South.
Estates may determine on future contingencies.
- Blackstone.
2.To come to a decision; to decide; to resolve; - often with on.
He shall pay as the judges determine.
- Ex. xxi. 22.

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