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 notb : to select as a course of action —used with an infinitive decided to goc : 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.
Recent Examples of decide from the Web
The City Council earlier this year decided not to allow any more bodies to be exhumed out of respect for the dead, Pagan said.
A one-time colonial civil servant who was preparing to retire before Leung decided not to seek a second term, Lam, 60, has pledged to focus on healing political divides.
Once the agency does, officials formally will nominate the bridge to the National Park Service, which will review the application and then decide whether it should be placed on the national register, Heckenkamp said.
A native of Kyrgyzstan, Shevchenko originally sought stiffer tests fighting in Russia before her coach decided to move his team to Peru.
A spokeswoman for the Division of Elections did not respond to a reporter’s question asking whether Gov. Christie, a Republican and friend of Trump’s, had any role in deciding whether to comply with the voter commission’s request.
However, the company has just decided to begin charging anyone who uses its photo service for hotlinking, as it's known.
The reason was that Kroger decided to funnel an additional $115 million to $230 million investment into lower food prices, employee wages and digital initiatives.
Walter Bergamo had run his Walter’s Coffee Shop on Long Island for 20 years with wife Jo when the couple decided to retire to Florida in 1978.
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Origin and Etymology of decide
Middle English, from Latin decidere, literally, to cut off, from de- + caedere to cut
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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