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decide

Pronunciation: /dɪˈsaɪd/

Translation of decide in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 [person] decidir I can't decide which I prefer no puedo decidir cuál prefiero, no sé por cuál decidirme you must decide what to do/when to act/where to go tú tienes que decidir qué vas a hacer/cuándo debes actuar/adónde vas a ir have you decided anything yet? ¿ya has decidido or resuelto algo? I've decided to learn karate he decidido or resuelto aprender karate in the end she decided (that) he was right al final decidió que él tenía razón you can't just decide you want to leave school no puedes decidir así como así que quieres dejar el colegio
    Example sentences
    • In the end what decided me was not guesses about time, but feelings about which walks are pleasing and which ones aren't.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (persuade) decidir what finally decided me was the price lo que me decidió or me hizo decidir fue el precio what decided you to come? ¿qué te decidió a venir?
  • 2 (settle, determine) [question/issue] decidir; [outcome] determinar it will decide who wins the election decidirá quién gana las elecciones
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • decidirse it's hard to decide between the two es difícil decidirse por uno de los dosto decide in favor of/against sth/sb we decided in favor of the cheaper one nos decidimos por el más barato the judge decided in favor of/against the plaintiff el juez resolvió a favor/en contra del demandante she decided against buying it decidió no comprarlo

Phrasal verbs

decide on

decide upon verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[date/venue] decidir; [candidate] decidirse por she decided on the green one se decidió por el verde in the end I decided on painting it green finalmente decidí pintarlo de verde

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The current Spanish Constitution (Constitución Española) was approved in the Cortes Generales in December 1978. It describes Spain as a parliamentary monarchy, gives sovereign power to the people through universal suffrage, recognizes the plurality of religions, and transfers responsibility for defense from the armed forces to the government. The Constitution was generally well received, except in the Basque Country, whose desire for independence it did not satisfy. It is considered to have facilitated the successful transition from dictatorship to democracy.