[ verb ] 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"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Before adjournment Monday afternoon , the Senate is expected to approve a study of the number of legislators allotted to rural and urban_areas to determine what adjustments should be made .

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

They were put on control diets to determine as accurately as possible , the normal cholesterol level of their blood .

(Richard I. McCosh, "Recreation Site Selection"...)

Look at the physical features of the land to determine how desirable it is for use , what can be done to correct the faults , and what it will cost to make the area meet your needs in_comparison_to other sites .

Determine how much topography limits useful area or what the costs of earth moving or grading might be .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

At_first each child should do a kick_up by himself so that the teacher can determine those ready to work alone , and those who need help .

[ verb ] shape or influence; give direction to


"experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"

Used in print

(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

When Stravinsky shaped his purpose to the shifting scenes of many cultures , many salons , many dialectics , many personalities , he tried to refashion himself into a stylist of many styles , determined by many disparate cultures .

(Dan McLachlan, Jr., "Communication Networks and...)

It will be shown that the objectives of the cooperative people in an organization determine the type of network required , because the type of network functions according to the characteristics of the messages enumerated in Table 1 .

We consider a rural community as an assemblage of inhabited dwellings whose configuration is determined by the location and size of the arable land_sites necessary for family subsistence .

(Allan J. Braff and Roger F. Miller, "Wage-Price...)

In any given time_period , the aggregate demand for the industry 's product is determined by two things : the price charged by the industry , and the level of GNP .

The level of this average_cost is determined by factor prices , technology , and_so_forth .

[ verb ] fix conclusively or authoritatively




"set the rules"

Used in print

(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)

Interest_rates are determined by the board_of_directors of the bank with the approval of the Farm_Credit_Administration .

(Richard F. McLaughlin, et al., "A study of the...)

The significance of these differences has not been studied nor has the existence of corresponding physiologic differences been determined .

(Kenneth Hoffman and Ray Kunze, Linear Al...)

The diagonalizable operator D and the nilpotent operator N are uniquely determined by ( a ) and ( b ) and each of them is a polynomial in T .

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

Though the spread of this type of decoration in the Aegean has not_yet been precisely determined , it seems to appear first in the Cyclades , which were among the leading exporters of pottery throughout the century .

[ verb ] decide upon or fix definitely


set fix specify limit


"fix the variables" "specify the parameters"

Used in print

(U.S. Reports. Volume 366. Cases Adjudged in the...)

On the basis of the findings which led to this conclusion , the Court remanded the case to the District_Court to determine the appropriate relief .

(Ralph B. Long. The Sentence and Its Parts: A...)

In sentences , patterns of stress are determined by complex combinations of influences that can only be suggested here .

(A.L. Kroeber, "Semantic Contribution of Lexicostatistic...)

These differences in_turn result from the fact that my Yokuts vocabularies were built_up of terms selected mainly to insure unambiguity of English meaning between illiterate informants and myself , within a compact and uniform territorial area , but that Hoijer 's vocabulary is based_on Swadesh 's second glottochronological list which aims at eliminating all items which might be culturally or geographically determined .

[ verb ] reach, make, or come to a decision about something


"We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"

Used in print

(Lt. Col. D.F. Martin, "Will Aircraft or Missiles Win Wa...)

We must determine whether missiles can win a war all by themselves .

(Rhode Island Legislative Council. Research Report...)

Based on this figure and considering depreciation costs of vehicles , pool personnel have determined that travel in_excess of 10000 miles annually is more economical by state car than by payment of allowances for use of personally-owned vehicles .

[ verb ] fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; the tree determines the border of the property

Used in print

(Robert Wallace, "This Is the Way It Came About"...)

Its boundaries had nothing to do with geography or ethnic groupings ; they were determined by the points at which Leopold 's explorers and gunmen got tired of walking .

(Newark Evening News...)

The procedure for determining the amounts_of_money to be spent by county colleges and raised by taxation will certainly startle many taxpayers .

It will determine the amount_of_money to be spent by the college and will certify this amount to the board of freeholders , which `` shall appropriate in the same manner as other appropriations are made by it the amount so certified and the amount shall be assessed , levied and collected in the same manner as moneys appropriated for other purposes '' .

(McCall's Needlework and Crafts, Spring-Summer,...)

The size of wooden mold will determine the amount of clay needed .

(C. R. Wylie, Jr. "Line involutions in S3 whose...)

Clearly , any line , l , of any bundle having one of these points of tangency , T , as vertex will be transformed into the entire pencil having the image of the second intersection of l and Q as vertex and lying in the plane determined by the image point and the generator of * * f which is tangent to \ g at T .

[ verb ] settle conclusively; come to terms


"We finally settled the argument"

Used in print

(The Oregonian...)

`` The church 's ability to change her methods is going_to determine her ability to meet the challenge of_this hour '' .

[ verb ] 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"

Related terms

test see determination check