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verb determine pronunciation in American English /dɪˈtɜrmɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledetermining
past tensedetermined
past participledetermined
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to officially decide something
    determine whether/why/who: It is for the court to determine whether she is guilty.
  2. 2
    [transitive] [often passive] to control what something will be
    Our prices are determined by the market.
    genetically/culturally/biologically determined: She claims that most human behavior is socially determined.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to calculate something, or to discover it by examining evidence
    I am interested in determining the cost.
    determine why/whether/what: Technicians were examining the missile to determine why it didn’t fire.
  4. 4
    [transitive] formal to decide that you really want to do something
    determine to do something: She determined to ignore his faults.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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