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 The women in a remote Mennonite community, realizing they have been drugged and raped, must decide whether to fight, flee or forgive. Elizabeth Mccracken, Washington Post, "50 notable works of fiction in 2019," 21 Nov. 2019 After seven years of legal back-and-forth in an attempt to get the conviction reinstated by higher courts, Tarrter’s office decided to give up on the original conviction and retry Forte. USA Today, ""I've been dying for 25 years:" How a cop has stalled his child sex abuse trial for decades," 21 Nov. 2019 As House Democrats conducted another impeachment hearing, President Donald Trump lunched Thursday with a group of lawmakers who might well decide his political fate: Republican senators. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump meets with potential impeachment jurors: Republican senators," 21 Nov. 2019 Indeed, Wednesday's testimony appeared to have little immediate effect on the perspective of Senate Republicans, who will be responsible for deciding Trump's fate if he is impeached by the House. Anchorage Daily News, "Sondland’s bombshell leaves Trump’s allies scrambling," 21 Nov. 2019 During the next few months, thousands of auto workers will be deciding whether the retirement bonuses being offered will be just enough to do the trick. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "UAW workers look at $60,000 bonus and reasons to retire," 21 Nov. 2019 Northstar often sets the trends for the industry, and managers there have decided to shut down the traditional snow phone for condition updates. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sierra ski outlook: Limited openings for Thanksgiving holiday," 21 Nov. 2019 In the 2016-17 season, the defending champions got smoked in the second game of the Eastern Conference finals at Milwaukee, 8-4, setting up a 15-minute mini-game that would decide which team advanced to the league championship. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Blast forward Andrew Hoxie has a good handle on mustache, winning," 21 Nov. 2019 That group, called the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (or CASAC) then files a report to the EPA, and the agency decides if the existing standards are good enough, or if stricter measures need to be pursued. Wired, "Air Pollution Is Still Killing Thousands of People in the US," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Decide.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decide?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=decide01. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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