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 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>
: 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.
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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