decide

verb
de·​cide | \ di-ˈsīd How to pronounce decide (audio) , dē- \
decided; deciding; decides

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 infinitivedecided to go
c : to infer on the basis of evidence : conclude They decided that he was right.
2 : to fix the course or outcome of (something) The Dodge teeters on the rear wheels, hanging there, as the hand of gravity decides my fate.— Larry Webster It is an imprecise science, but one that ultimately may decide the course of this and many seasons to come.— Steve Hummer especially : 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, plural deciders

Choose the Right Synonym for decide

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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Recent Examples on the Web More than 5,000 staff are due to be paid at the end of June, and bankers would decide before then whether to pull the plug and trigger insolvency, the source added. NBC News, "Wirecard 'fintech' CEO arrested after regulators find $2 billion missing," 23 June 2020 Each player must look at her cards and decide whether or not the cards on their own are good enough to bet. Maria Konnikova, Wired, "Poker and the Psychology of Uncertainty," 23 June 2020 Kentucky's primary, delayed a month by the coronavirus, will decide which of three Democrats will challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Erin Glynn, Cincinnati.com, "The nation is watching Kentucky's primary. Will Kentucky pull it off? Or will there be lines and confusion?," 23 June 2020 The Kentucky Senate primary Tuesday is shaping up to be more competitive than expected in the Democratic race that will decide who takes on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, "Kentucky Senate primary pits establishment favorite against progressive insurgent," 23 June 2020 The United States and the Iraqi government are currently in the third week of negotiations that will decide the future of U.S. forces in Iraq and how soon the 250,000-strong Iraqi armed forces will be facing ISIS alone. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "US destroys three ISIS camps in Iraq, underscoring continued need for air support," 22 June 2020 Lack of demand for business conventions and meetings is impacting the bottom line as companies decide how to bring people together when travel seems safer in the future. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Hotels in The Woodlands draw leisure travelers upon reopening," 22 June 2020 The NY Post reported Figueroa could also decide to go pro. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks men’s basketball lands St. John’s transfer LJ Figueroa," 20 June 2020 The felony murder charge against Rolfe, 27, carries life in prison or the death penalty, if prosecutors decide to seek it. Kate Brumback, Anchorage Daily News, "Atlanta police call out sick to protest charges in officer’s shooting of black man," 19 June 2020

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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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The first known use of decide was in the 14th century

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26 Jun 2020

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“Decide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decide. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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decide

verb
How to pronounce decide (audio)

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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