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 decide (audio) , dē-​ \ noun, plural deciders

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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 shots are free of charge, but the federal government has left it up to state officials to decide how to distribute them. Los Angeles Times, "U.S. vaccination campaign runs far behind schedule," 5 Jan. 2021 As part of the civil settlement, the UAW agreed to oversight by an independent monitor for six yeas and to hold an election to decide how its top leaders are picked in the future. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Iacobelli's 'significant' cooperation in corruption probe cited in sentence reduction," 4 Jan. 2021 Coach Dead not being able to decide between the chicken cordon bleu and the beef tips. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Your cooking resolutions for 2021: Resolve to cook more good food by starting with simple goals," 4 Jan. 2021 Baraitser’s role was not to decide guilt, but rather whether the extradition request meets the requirements under the U.S.–U.K. Extradition Treaty of 2003. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "British judge rejects US extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange," 4 Jan. 2021 As investor interest mounts, leaders of Southwestern states are gathering this month to decide the future of the Colorado River. New York Times, "Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water," 3 Jan. 2021 How many Supreme Court justices are usually needed to decide a case? Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trump’s new citizenship test more difficult, tilts in a conservative direction," 2 Jan. 2021 The federal government left it up to states to decide how to prioritize vaccinations. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "Rough COVID vaccine rollout in Florida raises questions about second dose," 31 Dec. 2020 No more annual and aggravating committee meetings to decide school schedules. Richard Conn Henry, National Review, "As We Usher in 2021, It’s Time to Adopt a Permanent Calendar," 31 Dec. 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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Last Updated

10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Decide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decide. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for decide

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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