de·​cid·​ed | \ di-ˈsī-dəd How to pronounce decided (audio) , dē- \

Definition of decided

1 : unquestionable holds a decided advantage over the competition His most popular hat … has a medium-width brim with a decided curl.— Greg Tasker speaks with a decided lisp
2 : free from doubt or wavering has decided ideas on politics

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Other Words from decided

decidedly adverb
decidedness noun

Examples of decided in a Sentence

a decided hint of perfume on her skin
Recent Examples on the Web Tessa had a clear vision when designing her engagement jewelry, but the wedding planning was a bit less decided. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Jewelry Designer Opted for a No-Fuss, All-Fashion Wedding in Baja," 8 Mar. 2021 Best of all was the two kinds of sausage, one mild and one with a decided kick. cleveland, "Searching for the perfect frozen pizza? See winners in 12 categories, including supreme, sausage, pepperoni, cheese," 26 Dec. 2020 Instead, the judge cited a closely decided village proposal to allow a marijuana dispensary. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "State and company officials dispute report claiming Antrim tabulators bungle results," 15 Dec. 2020 The Saints own a decided edge at quarterback with the future Hall of Famer going against career backup Case Keenum. Jeff Duncan,, "6 reasons why I believe the Saints will beat the Vikings in the NFC playoffs," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of decided

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for decided

see decide

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The first known use of decided was in 1790

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24 Mar 2021

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“Decided.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of decided

: clear and definite : easy to notice


de·​cid·​ed | \ di-ˈsī-dəd \

Kids Definition of decided

1 : unmistakable The older students had a decided advantage.
2 : free from doubt “That's enough about lessons,” the Gryphon interrupted in a very decided tone …— Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Other Words from decided

decidedly adverb a decidedly French accent

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