de·cide | \di-ˈsīd, dē-\
decided; deciding

Definition of decide 

transitive verb

1a : to make a final choice or judgment about decide what to do couldn't decide whether to take the job or not

b : to select as a course of action used with an infinitive decided to go

c : to infer on the basis of evidence : conclude They decided that he was right.

2 : to bring to a definitive end one blow decided the fight

3 : to induce to come to a choice her pleas decided him to help

intransitive verb

: to make a choice or judgment decide on where to go

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Other Words from decide

decider noun

Synonyms for decide


agree (on), arrange, fix, set, settle

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decide, determine, settle, rule, resolve mean to come or cause to come to a conclusion. decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy. she decided to sell her house determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something. determined the cause of the problem settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty. the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority. the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something. he resolved to quit smoking

Examples of decide in a Sentence

He decided that dinner would be at 7 o'clock, and asked guests to arrive at 6. She is having difficulty deciding about the offer. They decided that he was right. I am trying to decide if it's warm enough for swimming. “Do you think she is telling the truth?” “I'm not sure. I'm still trying to decide.” A few hundred votes could decide the election. One blow decided the fight. This battle could very well decide the war. Will the business be successful? Let the public decide. The case will be decided by the Supreme Court.
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To be decided in camp ... Fans weren't the only ones ready to fist-bump Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, who's back for a 17th NFL season. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Is a Panthers defensive line with 3 Pro Bowlers and Julius Peppers underappreciated?," 12 July 2018 Bosch, a German vehicle-parts supplier that works with big-name automakers, recently decided not to pursue battery-cell development and manufacture due to ample global competition, Bloomberg reported. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Chinese firm will build battery factory in Germany to supply BMW, Volkswagen," 9 July 2018 Just minutes before the trade deadline last season, Verlander and Upton deliberated together before the pitcher decided to waive his no-trade clause to be sent to Houston. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Kate Upton, former Tigers star Justin Verlander expecting first child," 14 July 2018 There is no limit on the potential tax benefits for investors and, unless the Trump administration decides otherwise, no requirement for measuring the program’s effectiveness, such as examining which investments in each area use the new incentive. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "New Hotel or Affordable Housing? Race Is On to Define ‘Opportunity Zones’," 13 July 2018 His firing came less than a week after the team decided to bench starting quarterback Eli Manning. Charlotte Carroll,, "Ex-Giants Coach Ben McAdoo Talks Division, Rips Offensive Line," 13 July 2018 Kavanaugh himself said during his 2006 confirmation hearings for the lower court that Roe was already decided, although Supreme Court Justices can chart a new direction in ways lower courts cannot. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 Bloomberg Monsanto Ruling Monsanto, owned these days by Bayer, may be hit with thousands of lawsuits after a federal judge decided to allow an expert witness to testify that the Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Trump and NATO, Papa John's Out, Broadcom Buys CA: CEO Daily for July 12, 2018," 12 July 2018 Panthers may have found that in Donte Jackson To be decided in camp Gaulden's usefulness to the Panthers is reliant on his ability to seamlessly transition from position to position in the defensive backfield. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Most exciting position battle at Panthers' 2018 training camp fueled by competition," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of decide

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for decide

Middle English, from Latin decidere, literally, to cut off, from de- + caedere to cut

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English Language Learners Definition of decide

: to make a choice about (something) : to choose (something) after thinking about it

: to choose whether or not to believe (something) after thinking about it : to reach a conclusion about (something) because of evidence

: to cause (something) to end in a particular way : to determine what the result of (something) will be


de·cide | \di-ˈsīd \
decided; deciding

Kids Definition of decide

1 : to make a judgment on The judge decided the case.

2 : to bring to an end in a particular way One vote could decide the election.

3 : to make a choice especially after careful thought We decided to go.


decided; deciding

Legal Definition of decide 

transitive verb

: to determine (as a case or issue) by making a decision (as a final judgment) : adjudicate sense 1 — compare find, hold

intransitive verb

: to make a decision

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not any or not one

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