Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DETERMINES

There is some other principle which determines him to form such a conclusion.

It is the nature of the thing, not the clearness of its outline, that determines its operation.

It has mass and it has weight, and he calculates and determines from the disturbances what that weight is.

Yet it is affinity that determines which two shall converse.

This is the knowledge of classes which determines where they can have communion with one another and where not.

What determines the suitability of a region for grape-growing?

Nobody fails when he wants to win,—when he determines to win.

That gives the measure of the man, and determines the quality of his influence.

What determines what proportion of his right to think, each man shall have?

What determines what proportion of his right to live, each man shall have?

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "to come to an end," also "to settle, decide" (late 14c.), from Old French determiner (12c.) or directly from Latin determinare "to enclose, bound, set limits to," from de- "off" (see de-) + terminare "to mark the end or boundary," from terminus "end, limit" (see terminus). Sense of "coming to a firm decision" (to do something) is from mid-15c. Related: Determined; determining; determiner.