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 infinitive decided 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 decider (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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United decided against paying Newcastle’s vast £50m asking price for relatively unproven 21-year-old Sean Longstaff over the summer. SI.com, "5 Midfielders Man Utd Could Attempt to Sign in January Transfer Window," 12 Sep. 2019 When Ivanoff's body was discovered in bushes by the side of a service road outside of town — she had been shot in the back of the head at point blank range — Habros decided to call police. Victoria Mckenzie, Anchorage Daily News, "Native women in Nome say police ignored rapes or failed to thoroughly investigate them," 12 Sep. 2019 When Ivanoff’s body was discovered in bushes by the side of a service road outside of town — she had been shot in the back of the head at point blank range — Habros decided to call police. Washington Post, "In small Alaska city, Native women say police ignored rapes," 12 Sep. 2019 Briles also decided to contact L’Amour’s publisher, Penguin Random House, to request donations for the table displays. John Wenzel, The Know, "From Stephen King to Helen Thorpe, Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame honors literary legacy," 12 Sep. 2019 As protesters began cutting up their Chase bank cards, the biggest lender to the fossil-fuel industry suddenly decided green investments made more sense. Bill Mckibben, Time, "Hello From the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different," 12 Sep. 2019 After several years in the rental business, Jones decided to pursue a different career: firefighting. Jennifer Bolton Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, "2008 downturn sparked Webster man’s margarita machine rental business," 11 Sep. 2019 Companies in dozens of industries must decide whether or not to comply pre-emptively or risk being sued by workers and state officials. Kate Conger, New York Times, "California’s Contractor Law Stirs Confusion Beyond the Gig Economy," 11 Sep. 2019 In 2016, voters opted to eliminate the recorder’s job, then Orr decided to retire as clerk, and Yarbrough went on to win an election to succeed him last year, taking the oath in December. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Watchdog accuses County Clerk Karen Yarbrough of running ‘illegal patronage’ operation, wants court oversight," 11 Sep. 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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