decide

verb
de·​cide | \ di-ˈsīd How to pronounce decide (audio) , dē-\
decided; deciding

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 infinitive decided to go
c : 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

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

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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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For deciding to go without a host after Hart withdrew. Mary Mcnamara, latimes.com, "Academy CEO Dawn Hudson on 8 years of trying to modernize a 92-year-old boys’ club," 4 July 2019 Either way, this Best Buy–brand air fryer is a cheap way to decide if air frying is for you. Jess Grey, WIRED, "25 of the Best Sales and Deals for the Long July 4th Weekend," 4 July 2019 In short, the evidence suggested that Ross looked for a justification for the question after deciding to add it. Li Zhou, Vox, "The Trump administration plans a fight to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census," 3 July 2019 Justice Samuel Alito cast the deciding vote that enabled the liberals to prevail this time, but his three-paragraph concurrence made clear that the victory may be short-lived. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Is One Vote Away from Changing How the U.S. Is Governed," 3 July 2019 Four grad-school dudes decide to travel to a remote part of Sweden and visit the commune where one of them grew up. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Why Midsommar Will Make You Want to Dress Like You’re In a Swedish Cult This Summer," 3 July 2019 Spokeswomen for both state agencies said local boards of health would ultimately be responsible for deciding on enforcement strategies in their own cities and towns. Felicia Gans, BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts says hemp-derived CBD is illegal — but CBD stores are still everywhere," 1 July 2019 The special prosecutor, who has yet to be named, will use that trove of information in deciding whether to prosecute Mr. Smollett, 37, or hold anyone else to account. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "Jussie Smollett Case: What Do We Know, and What’s Left to Investigate?," 1 July 2019 Like most robots, social robots use artificial intelligence to decide how to act on information received through cameras and other sensors. Scientific American, "Social Robots Play Nicely with Others," 1 July 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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decide

verb

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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