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determine

verb uk   /dɪˈtɜː.mɪn/ us    /-ˈtɝː-/

determine verb (DECIDE)

C1 [T often passive] to control or influence something directly, or to decide what will happen: The number of staff we can take on will be determined by how much money we're allowed to spend. Your health is determined in part by what you eat. Eye colour is genetically determined. [+ question word] formal Officials will determine whether or not the game will be played. People should be allowed to determine their own future. [T] formal to make a strong decision: [+ that] She determined that one day she would be an actor. [+ to infinitive] On leaving jail, Joe determined to reform.
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determine verb (DISCOVER)

C1 [T] formal to discover the facts or truth about something: The police never actually determined the cause of death. [+ question word] It is the responsibility of the court to determine whether these men are innocent. [+ that] The jury determined that the men were guilty.
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