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"determine" in British English

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determineverb

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 ​strongdecision: [+ that] She determined that one ​day she would be an ​actor. [+ to infinitive] On ​leavingjail, Joe determined toreform.

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(Definition of determine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"determine" in American English

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determineverb

 us   /dɪˈtɜr·mən/
  • determine verb (DECIDE)

to ​control or ​influencedirectly; to ​decide: [T] We should be ​allowed to determine ​our own ​future. [T] Eye ​color is ​genetically determined. [+ to infinitive] He determined to ​find out the ​realreason.
  • determine verb (DISCOVER)

[T] to ​find out or make ​certainfacts or ​information: The ​police never ​actually determined the ​cause of ​death. [+ question word] I can’t determine why ​yourphone isn’t ​working. [+ that clause] The ​investigation determined that the ​death was ​accidental.
(Definition of determine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"determine" in Business English

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determineverb [T often passive]

uk   us   /dɪˈtɜːmɪn/
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. The ​company will determine which ​stores to ​close by the end of November.
to discover the facts or truth about something: determine whether/why/how, etc. The ​office will ​conduct a ​follow-upaudit to determine whether ​changes and ​improvements have been made.
(Definition of determine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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