decide

verb
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

Synonyms

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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Maybe there was a death, or maybe all the women decide to move to Connecticut. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chris Noth Says Mr. Big Wouldn't Have Died in Sex and the City 3," 3 Dec. 2018 The speaker is the leader of the House caucus office has a large part in deciding what bills can actually make it to the floor, giving them huge power to shape the party’s legislative agenda. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "All the Democrats running for top spots in the House," 15 Nov. 2018 The chief justice currently has constitutional autonomy in deciding how the system spends the $139 million budget. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Impeachment focus back on W.Va. court after justice resigns," 13 Nov. 2018 The difficulties continue after Eddie and her new partner Maya (Yasha Thompson) decide not to step-in during a conflict at a corner store, and Jamie is not happy with their lack of response. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Next Week's 'Blue Bloods' Episode Reveals That Frank Reagan Is Battling a Serious Lawsuit," 26 Oct. 2018 And to make matters worse, Google found out about it in the spring and decided not to tell anyone, reports the Wall Street Journal. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone," 8 Oct. 2018 If appealed, the Supreme Court could consider the issue again, this time with Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the seat once occupied by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who held the deciding vote on the partisan gerrymander issue. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Federal Court Strikes Down Maryland Gerrymander," 7 Nov. 2018 Amazon’s bid process, which specifically included subsidies as one of the deciding factors, has been criticized as an example of the problems with corporate subsidies and economic development. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 winner appears to be both New York and Crystal City, Virginia," 6 Nov. 2018 The late Senator John McCain was the deciding vote. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Bernie Sanders Believes the 2018 Midterms Are a Chance for Young Voters to "Transform America"," 2 Nov. 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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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 \
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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