verb de·cide \ di-ˈsīd , dē- \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of decide

decided; deciding
1 a : 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

  1. He decided that dinner would be at 7 o'clock, and asked guests to arrive at 6.

  2. She is having difficulty deciding about the offer.

  3. They decided that he was right.

  4. I am trying to decide if it's warm enough for swimming.

  5. “Do you think she is telling the truth?” “I'm not sure. I'm still trying to decide.”

  6. A few hundred votes could decide the election.

  7. One blow decided the fight.

  8. This battle could very well decide the war.

  9. Will the business be successful? Let the public decide.

  10. The case will be decided by the Supreme Court.

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Origin and Etymology of decide

Middle English, from Latin decidere, literally, to cut off, from de- + caedere to cut

Synonym Discussion of 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

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


verb de·cide \ di-ˈsīd \

Definition of decide for Students

decided; deciding
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.

Law Dictionary


verb de·cide

legal Definition of decide

decided; deciding
: to determine (as a case or issue) by making a decision (as a final judgment) : adjudicate 1 — compare find, hold
: to make a decision

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