• To set the boundaries or limits of.
  • To ascertain definitely; to figure out, find out, or conclude by analyzing, calculating, or investigating.
  • To fix the form or character of; to shape; to prescribe imperatively; to regulate; to settle.
  • To fix the course of; to impel and direct; with a remoter object preceded by to.
  • To bring to a conclusion, as a question or controversy; to settle authoritative or judicial sentence; to decide.
  • To resolve (to do something); to establish a fixed intention; to cause (something) to come to a conclusion or decision; to lead.
  • To define or limit by adding a differentia.
  • To bring to an end; to finish.


  • From Middle English determinen, from Old French determiner, French d├ęterminer, from Latin determino, from de + termino, from terminus.

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