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decide

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of decide

  1. 1 to come to a judgment about after discussion or consideration they decided to go out for pizza after the movie was over Synonyms of decide choose, conclude, determine, figure, name, opt, resolve, settle (on or upon) Words Related to decide decree, rule; cull, elect, handpick, pick, prefer, select, single (out); adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, find, judge, referee, rule (on), umpire; chew over, cogitate, consider, contemplate, debate, deliberate, entertain, meditate, mull (over), ponder, question, ruminate, study, think (about or over), weigh Near Antonyms of decide abstain, decline, refuse, reject, turn down; delay, halt, hesitate, stall, temporize; shilly-shally, vacillate, waffle, waver

  2. 2 to give an opinion about (something at issue or in dispute) the judge decided that the defendant was not liable for damages Synonyms of decide adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, judge, determine, referee, rule (on), settle, umpireWords Related to decide consider, deem, deliberate, hear, ponder, weigh; size up; mediate, moderate, negotiate; prosecute, try; find (for or against); conclude, resolve; redetermine, rejudgeNear Antonyms of decide equivocate, hedge, pussyfoot, skirt

  3. 3 to come to an agreement or decision concerning the details of we waited for our captors to decide our fate Synonyms of decide agree (on), arrange, fix, set, settleWords Related to decide contract, pledge, promise; blueprint, calculate, chart, concert, design, draft, frame, hammer out, intrigue, lay out, maneuver, map (out), plan, program (also programme), schematize, scheme, shape, square away, work out; choose, conclude, determine, figure, opt, resolve; affirm, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, OK (or okay), sanction, warrant; close, complete, end, finalize, finish, round (off or out), wind up, wrap up; bargain, chaffer, deal, dicker, haggle, horse-trade, negotiateNear Antonyms of decide abort, call, call off, drop, recall, repeal, rescind, revoke; differ (over), disagree (with); counter, debate, object, oppose, protest, resist; contest, dispute

  4. 4 to make final, definite, or beyond dispute the huge sum that they were offering decided the matter: we would sell the house Synonyms of decide clinch, determine, nail, settleWords Related to decide demonstrate, establish, nail (down), prove, show; affirm, assure, ensure, insure, secure; define, specify, state, stipulate; clarify, clear (up), illuminate; conclude, end, finishNear Antonyms of decide confuse, muddle, muddy, unsettle

  5. 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 Synonyms of decide conclude, infer, deduce, derive, extrapolate, gather, judge, make out, reason, understandWords Related to decide assume, suppose; conjecture, guess, speculate, surmise; construe, interpret, read; contemplate, philosophize, rationalize, think; ascertain, dope (out), find out

Synonym Discussion of decide

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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