Definition of decide
- decide what to do
- couldn't decide whether to take the job or not
- decided to go
- one blow decided the fight
- her pleas decided him to help
- decide on where to go
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
What made you want to look up decide? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
investment of mental or emotional energy
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