Definition of determined in US English:



  • 1Having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it.

    with infinitive ‘Alice was determined to be heard’
    • ‘There is so much we don't know about September 11, and the government seems determined that we should continue not to know.’
    • ‘After tasting the Ashes atmosphere at Lord's yesterday I'm more determined that ever to play a home Test for England.’
    • ‘Following last year's cancellation, the organisers are even more determined that it should be a superb three days.’
    • ‘So we were all really determined that the politics of the strike, of that working class community at the time, should be central to the musical.’
    • ‘I became very determined that the birth of my child was going to be a gentle affair, not a hospital sideshow.’
    • ‘He returned from England in 1991 determined that his village would have a proper school to offer education to the children.’
    • ‘He returned home disillusioned, but determined that he would never lose another race under any circumstances.’
    • ‘Your husband seems determined that the third shall also incur some misfortune by refusing to make me the Compensation which he once promised.’
    • ‘Manley was also determined that every adult should have the right to vote and not just the property owners and taxpayers.’
    • ‘And this also makes me the more desirous to read him and the more determined that I will not.’
    • ‘It was very unpleasant but I'm completely determined that people should be able to live in peace.’
    • ‘I don't normally make New Year Resolutions, but I'm determined that 2004 is going to see me pass the 50 mark.’
    • ‘The brutal assault on Patsy Kehoe has left the man shaken but determined that he will not be put out of his home by thugs.’
    • ‘Which made him all the more determined that there would be no repetition at Celtic.’
    • ‘No, if I'm to enter SYTYF and risk the derision that may entail, I'm determined that it be for a nobler cause.’
    • ‘He soon finds himself caught between the moguls of the textile industry and the trade unions, all equally determined that his invention never sees the light of day.’
    • ‘Tough times did not diminish their idealism but made them even more determined that to transform lives you have to transform society.’
    • ‘The other part of me was still doggedly determined that whatever it was that made Mary so different, so fragile, it was not my fault.’
    • ‘I was getting really determined that I would hit the ball before we stopped playing.’
    • ‘I am just so angry and determined that we will get justice for James and the others.’
    intent on, bent on, set on, dead set on, insistent on, fixed on, resolved on, resolved to, firm about, committed to, hell-bent on
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    1. 1.1 Processing or displaying resolve.
      ‘Helen was a determined little girl’
      ‘a determined effort to reduce inflation’
      • ‘They simply ripped them limb from limb in the second half with a ferociously determined and hungry display which left Cork begging for mercy.’
      • ‘Now, Union armies are massing in Eastern Tennessee in a determined effort to cut the South in two.’
      • ‘We here at the Sunday Herald sports desk, in a determined effort to get to the bottom of this, extended the quest for the answer to some of the leading lights in the Scottish game.’
      • ‘He said he had made consistent and determined efforts to resolve the matter and had visited the workers on a number of occasions to lend his support.’
      • ‘We were well aware before the conflict began of the determined efforts made by the regime to dismantle the weapons, to hide them.’
      • ‘Despite a strong and determined second half effort, the Warriors lost the game, 70-61.’
      • ‘The new investment policies have been a determined effort in this direction.’
      • ‘This ensured compliance in most middle class districts but provoked determined resistance in working class suburbs such as Blanchardstown.’
      • ‘The host club are still involved in the Kildare senior championship and are making a determined effort for honours.’
      • ‘There is no amount of forces, no amount of money that can protect them at the end of the day if there is a determined effort or if there's inside help.’
      • ‘One of the reasons that the conference has grown so rapidly is the determined efforts of the student volunteers who put it on.’
      • ‘I'd hope for some real action on marijuana laws, and a determined effort to regain our energy sovereignty.’
      • ‘Legitimacy involves not only genuine adherence to international rules, but also a determined effort to win hearts and minds throughout the world.’
      • ‘But as the two men emerged from the White House they displayed a determined sense of unity.’
      • ‘This proved to be an excellent motivator for the team in terms of spurring them on to deliver a focused and determined team effort.’
      • ‘The blue shirts, who dominated the game in the past in the local fraternity are making a determined effort to revive the game.’
      • ‘In the US and UK, meantime, determined and successful efforts have been made to extend the term of copyright.’
      • ‘Certainly the final score does no justice to a determined display.’
      • ‘Still, he paid a handsome enough dividend for the place and it was a gutsy determined effort on the part of the horse and rider Fran Flood.’
      • ‘Connacht survived a determined Beziers display to squeeze into the second round of the Parker Pen Challenge Cup despite defeat in Galway.’
      resolute, full of determination, purposeful, purposive, resolved, decided, adamant, single-minded, firm, unswerving, unswervable, unwavering, undaunted, fixed, set, intent, insistent
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