decide

verb
de·​cide | \ di-ˈsīd How to pronounce decide (audio) , 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 \ di-​ˈsī-​dər How to pronounce decider (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

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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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Mr Trump may also find that China decides to drag its feet, in the hope of scuppering his chances of a second term and of getting a better deal (or one likelier to stick) with his Democratic successor. The Economist, "Markets are braced for a global downturn," 17 Aug. 2019 However, the appeals court decided, the state’s public records law does not contain any exemption that would shield the visitor log from release. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Parkland shooter can’t keep visitor list secret," 15 Aug. 2019 All Americans have to do is collectively decide to end them. oregonlive.com, "‘America is Better Than This,’ Jeff Merkley insists in Donald Trump critique. Not so fast, senator," 15 Aug. 2019 In the 2011 election, a council seat covering some of the neighborhoods where Scott was working opened up after the incumbent decided not to run. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "A child of tough Baltimore streets, Brandon Scott now heads the City Council. He may be aiming higher.," 15 Aug. 2019 After 2020, his Olympic dream depends on what the International Olympic Committee decides to do with karate in the long term. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Precision and power are taking an Anchorage teen to the Junior Pan Am Games in karate," 15 Aug. 2019 When his parents, David and Barbara Perkins, retired their Community Supported Agriculture last year from their Vermont Valley Community Farm, oldest son Jesse decided to dig into his area of expertise. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 Improv has been and will continue to be her home, but in 2016 Manasewich decided to try doing stand up. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "Who is Laura Manasewich? A Hartford comedian living the dream of doing both stand-up and improv," 15 Aug. 2019 Aman's roommate apparently distracted him somehow, and Aman changed his mind and decided not to carry out the attack, according to the report. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Man threatens to stab students at Florida elementary because of school’s ‘obnoxious pride in America,’ deputies say," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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decide

verb

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

decide

verb
de·​cide | \ di-ˈsīd How to pronounce decide (audio) \
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.

decide

verb
de·​cide
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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