determine determine  /də ˈtɜr mən/


  1. (v) establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
  2. (v) shape or influence; give direction to
  3. (v) fix conclusively or authoritatively
  4. (v) decide upon or fix definitely
  5. (v) reach, make, or come to a decision about something
  6. (v) fix in scope; fix the boundaries of
  7. (v) settle conclusively; come to terms
  8. (v) find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

Derived Word(s)


  1. It would be nice if there were an easy way to determine how aggressive your particular insulin response is, and now it appears there is.
  2. No Child Left Behind requires students to be tested annually to determine their reading and math skills, but leaves the task of creating assessments to the states.
  3. Fire Marshals, global warming, nostalgia these are just a few of the indicators and factors that will help determine the outcome of the nation's first primary.


  1. WikiLeaks: Snowden going to Ecuador to seek asylum

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Admitted leaker Edward Snowden took flight Sunday in evasion of U.S. authorities, seeking asylum in Ecuador and leaving the Obama administration scrambling to determine its next step in what became a game of diplomatic cat-and-mouse.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Six Women selected to determine George Zimmerman’s fate

    After a highly publicized jury selection, six women was selected to sit on the jury for the trial that will determine whether George Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed young
    on June 23, 2013     Source: New York Amsterdam News

  3. Investigators unable to determine cause of Byron fire

    BYRON -- Investigators for the city’s fire department and state fire marshal have been unable to determine the cause of the May 2 fire at Southern Perfection Fabrication, a news release states.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Macon Telegraph


  1. "The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation," Obama said in his first speech to a joint session of Congress. "Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and prosperity in human history...
    on Feb 24, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Boston Globe

  2. Baucus added that they would sit down and "take stock of where we are and determine how to best pass real reform."
    on Sep 4, 2009 By: Max Baucus Source: CNN International

  3. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called on Iran "to help us determine the whereabouts of the three missing Americans and return them as quickly as possible."
    on Aug 3, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: CNN

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untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /