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 choose, conclude, determine, figure, name, opt, resolve, settle (on or upon) Related Words 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 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 adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, judge, determine, referee, rule (on), settle, umpireRelated Words consider, deem, deliberate, hear, ponder, weigh; size up; mediate, moderate, negotiate; prosecute, try; find (for or against); conclude, resolve; redetermine, rejudgeNear Antonyms 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 agree (on), arrange, fix, set, settleRelated Words 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 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 clinch, determine, nail, settleRelated Words demonstrate, establish, nail (down), prove, show; affirm, assure, ensure, insure, secure; define, specify, state, stipulate; clarify, clear (up), illuminate; conclude, end, finishNear Antonyms 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 conclude, infer, deduce, derive, extrapolate, gather, judge, make out, reason, understandRelated Words assume, suppose; conjecture, guess, speculate, surmise; construe, interpret, read; contemplate, philosophize, rationalize, think; ascertain, dope (out), find out

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