determine


determine
determine de‧ter‧mine [dɪˈtɜːmn ǁ -ɜːr-] verb [transitive]
1. to find out the facts about something:

• Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident.

• Experts have determined that the signature was forged.

2. to make an official decision about something:

• The date of the court case has not yet been determined.

• The agency is investigating diet products to determine if they pose a health hazard.

3. LAW to decide the exact meaning of the conditions of a contract, for example when there are disagreements about it:

• If there is a contract of employment, the employee's obligations were to be determined from the contract.

— determination noun [uncountable] :

• The final determination of how many employees will be laid off will be made in the next couple of weeks.

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determine UK US /dɪˈtɜːmɪn/ verb [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.

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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-up audit to determine whether changes and improvements have been made.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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