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decide

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1 to come to a judgment about after discussion or consideration
  • they decided to go out for pizza after the movie was over

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2 to give an opinion about (something at issue or in dispute)
  • the judge decided that the defendant was not liable for damages

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3 to come to an agreement or decision concerning the details of
  • we waited for our captors to decide our fate

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4 to make final, definite, or beyond dispute
  • the huge sum that they were offering decided the matter: we would sell the house

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5 to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information
  • the commanding officer decided that the soldier was indeed telling the truth

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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

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The first known use of decide was in the 14th century

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“Decide.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/decide. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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