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Syllabification: de·cide
Pronunciation: /dəˈsīd

Definition of decide in English:


[no object]
1Come to a resolution in the mind as a result of consideration: [with infinitive]: they decided to appoint someone else [with clause]: you’ve decided that a hedge is what you want
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  • Finally the woman ahead of me in mind decides to buy the aspirin and leaves.
  • Wu said it took him several days of careful consideration before deciding to accept the appointment.
  • Maria pushed those thoughts to the back of her mind, deciding to focus on the here and now, rather than mysterious feelings.
1.1 [with object] Cause to come to a resolution: this business about the letter decided me
1.2Make a choice from a number of alternatives: she had decided on her plan of action I’ve decided against having children
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  • We decided on an alternate route that took us to the interstate and we were on our way to Dayton.
  • But councillors on the environment committee decided against imposing the changes.
  • Thus, the two senior commanders on the spot decided on a land campaign to capture the Gallipoli peninsula.
resolve, determine, make up one's mind, make a decision;
elect, choose, opt, plan, aim, have the intention, have in mind
1.3Give a judgment concerning a matter or legal case: the courts decided in favor of the New York claimants [with object]: the judge will decide the case
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  • It was not the role of the coroner's court to decide on matters of alleged medical negligence.
  • The arguments presented by the HFEA in court, and those made by judges in deciding in favour of the HFEA, contained a number of inconsistencies and arbitrary judgements.
  • Now an ecclesiastical court has decided in favour of the changes.
1.4 [with object] Come to a decision about (something): we must decide the fates of the people who headed the coup
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  • That's when our parish council must decide its financial plans.
  • Rob M. looked like he was in charge, making the decisions, and deciding his own fate.
  • However, the state has not yet enacted the agreement and Nu Image has been awaiting the authorities' decision before deciding its own action on the case.
adjudicate, arbitrate, adjudge, judge;
hear, try, examine;
sit in judgment on, pronounce on, give a verdict on, rule on
1.5 [with object] Resolve or settle (a question or contest): an exciting game was decided in a sudden-death overtime
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  • The match was decided on the last game of the evening when Hansen was able to overcome Armstrong.
  • Claremorris now face Westport B in a game that will decide the championship in Westport Saturday week.
  • For the first time, an NFL championship game would be decided in sudden-death overtime.
settle, resolve, determine, work out, answer
informal sort out, figure out


late Middle English (in the sense 'bring to a settlement'): from French décider, from Latin decidere 'determine', from de- 'off' + caedere 'cut'.



Example sentences
  • A set of positive integers is decidable if there is an algorithm for determining whether any given positive integer belongs to it.
  • Practice without a tradition means performing acts and relating to phenomena through a filter, lens, paradigm, or etc. that is not tied to any specific or decidable group of people.
  • Maybe there is a mathematical proof deciding this question; maybe every mathematical question is decidable by an intuitive proof or disproof.


Example sentences
  • Wingman Paul Gardner crossed for the vital decider and two further goals from deadly marksman Innes made absolutely sure of a happy return journey.
  • The Chilean had first served for the match in the 10th game of the decider.
  • The week leading up to the series decider was comfortably the worst week of my life.

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