Definition of decide
1a : to make a final choice or judgment about decide what to do couldn't decide whether to take the job or notb : to select as a course of action —used with an infinitive decided to goc : 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
: to make a choice or judgment decide on where to go
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.
Recent Examples of decide from the Web
If he was found to be deficient, the court would have to decide if the outcome of the case would have been different, the judge said.
Now, with investments that extend for decades, these big industries must decide whether Trump’s attempt to reverse the shift toward more sustainable energy is itself politically sustainable.
The BBC, which is hosting the debate at 7:30 p.m., confirmed that Corbyn had decided to attend, while a Conservative Party spokesman said that May had no plans to join him.
Secretary General António Guterres will decide who fills the new job, although both Russia and the United States are expected to make their views known.
SPOKANE — As big hits go, the two that decided the Class 4A state softball championship Saturday at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex traveled, maybe, 66 feet combined.
Or at least a player (or two) that decides winning a title is more important than money, offering a discount to a contender for a chance at winning an elusive NBA championship.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole were unconstitutional for juveniles, and in 2016 the court decided that ruling should be applied retroactively.
That includes families who may have to decide whether to remove a family member from life support.
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Origin and Etymology of decide
Middle English, from Latin decidere, literally, to cut off, from de- + caedere to cut
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of decide
DECIDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of decide for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of decide for Students
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.
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