Definition of “determination” - English Dictionary

“determination” in English

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uk /dɪˌtɜː.mɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /dɪˌtɝː.mɪˈneɪ.ʃən/

determination noun (TRYING HARD)

B2 [ U ] the ability to continue trying to do something, although it is very difficult:

a man of fierce/ruthless determination
[ + to infinitive ] You can't help but admire her determination to succeed.

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(Definition of “determination” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“determination” in American English

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determinationnoun [ U ]


the ability to continue trying to do something, even if it is difficult:

[ + to infinitive ] She has a lot of determination to succeed.

(Definition of “determination” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“determination” in Business English

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uk /dɪˌtɜːmɪˈneɪʃən/ us

[ U ] the ability to continue trying to do something, although it is very difficult:

I admired his drive and determination - he never gave up.
determination to do sth She had great determination to succeed.

[ U ] the process of controlling, influencing, or deciding something:

The determination of policy is not your business - your job is to implement it.

[ U ] the process of finding something out:

the determination of his whereabouts

[ C ] an official judgement or decision:

The court is required to issue a final determination on those issues by the end of the year.

(Definition of “determination” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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We are criticising ourselves by saying that the situation is as it is thanks to a certain amount of determination, whether we like that determination or not.
Modernity lies in the ability of governments to guarantee fundamental rights and not in a determination to satisfy the financial markets.
I believe that the speed of your advance depends on you, on your progress in reform, on your political determination and your strong resolve.
Give them a chance at self-determination.
We have chosen to support those amendments that open the way for increased national self-determination, but are voting against the resolution as a whole.
Now more than ever we need to defend international law and champion the right of nations to self-determination with renewed vigour and that means taking action.
If we do nothing it will be much more painful than if we change now with our values and with our determination.
Peaceful solutions must be sought, and they must be based upon respect for self-determination on the part of the people concerned.
In every democratic state the world over, this political order, which secures for the people freedom and co-determination, is founded upon political parties and guaranteed by them.
We accordingly expect them to show firm commitment, greater determination and, above all, great courage, sparing no effort in their pursuit of peace.

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