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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·ter·mine /dɪˈtɝmən, di-/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 de·ter·mine /dɪˈtɝmən/ 及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·ter·mine, v. i.
 1. To come to an end; to end; to terminate. [Obs.]
    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. Determine on some course.”
    He shall pay as the judges determine.   --Ex. xxi. 22.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·ter·mine v. t. [imp. & p. p. Determined p. pr. & vb. n. Determining.]
 1. To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate.
    [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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or
           study; "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist
           who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"
           [syn: find, find out, ascertain]
      2: shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often
         determines ability"; "mold public opinion" [syn: shape,
         mold, influence, regulate]
      3: fix conclusively or authoritatively; "set the rules" [syn: set]
      4: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify
         the parameters" [syn: specify, set, fix, limit]
      5: reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We
         finally decided after lengthy deliberations" [syn: decide,
          make up one's mind]
      6: fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; the tree determines the
         border of the property
      7: settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the
         argument" [syn: settle, square off, square up]
      8: find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by
         making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether
         she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if
         he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on
         time" [syn: check, find out, see, ascertain, watch,