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English definition of “predetermine”

predetermine

verb [T]     /ˌpriː.dɪˈtɜː.mɪn/ US  /-diːˈtɝː.mən/ formal
to decide or arrange something at an earlier time: It's impossible to say how much a person's behaviour is predetermined by their genes.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping predetermination     /-ˌtɜː.mɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ US  /-ˌtɝː.məˈneɪ.ʃən/ noun [U] formal predetermined     /-mɪnd/ adjective At a predetermined time, we'll all shout 'Happy Birthday, Dave'.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
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