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*root of the problem

an understanding of the causes or basis of a problem. (*Typically: determine ~; figure out ~; find ~; get to ~; get at ~.) It will take a little more study to get to the root of the problem. Let's stop avoiding the issue and get at the root of the problem.
See also: of, problem, root

bound and determined to

Firmly resolved to, as in He was bound and determined to finish the assignment before taking on another. This phrase is a redundancy used for emphasis, as bound and determined here both mean "resolved to." Also see bound to.
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Here we see that cattle absolutely determine the existence of the Scotch fir; but in several parts of the world insects determine the existence of cattle.
Hence it is quite credible that the presence of a feline animal in large numbers in a district might determine, through the intervention first of mice and then of bees, the frequency of certain flowers in that district!
Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise:--
1274 determines the issue price of certain debt instruments, its provisions do not apply to
A determines his food and supply cost for the year by taking a physical inventory of what is on hand at the end of each year, a process that usually takes a full day with the help of several employees.
The Service determines that P should be compensated for its services as guarantor of the indebtedness and adjusts its taxable income accordingly.
In step two, the taxpayer determines which of four specific categories applies, based on the nature of the taxpayer's business in some cases, and the nature of the property in all others.
It has been long established that state law determines a person's right to income and property and federal law determines the taxation of those rights.
A discussion of these findings then determines the need for additional work by the officer.
Further, the NAACP determines how the hotel fared in its economic reciprocity initiative, a special rating system the organization applies to the lodging industry.
The ability to send reliable information on cost, quality, and customer (or supplier) specifications to and from higher-level enterprise or supply chain IT systems determines their future value.
This determines the injection pressure needed from the injection unit in order to fill the pads and cavities.
Regulation K provides that a foreign bank will be considered to be subject to comprehensive supervision or regulation on a consolidated basis if the Board determines that the bank is supervised and regulated in such a manner that its home country supervisor receives sufficient information on the worldwide operations of the bank, including its relationship to any affiliates, to assess the bank's overall financial condition and its compliance with law and regulation.