Definition of decide in English:

decide

Line breaks: de¦cide
Pronunciation: /dɪˈsʌɪd
 
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verb

[with object]
1Come or bring to a resolution in the mind as a result of consideration: [with clause]: she decided that she liked him [with infinitive]: I’ve decided to stay on a bit this business about the letter decided me
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  • In the end what decided me was not guesses about time, but feelings about which walks are pleasing and which ones aren't.
1.1 [no object] Make 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.
Synonyms
resolve, determine, make up one's mind, make a decision, come to a decision, reach a decision, come to a conclusion, reach a conclusion, settle on a plan of action;
elect, choose, opt, plan, aim, commit oneself, have the intention, have in mind, set one's sights on
choose, opt for, select, pick, pick out, go for, settle on, plump for/on, single out, take, fix on;
British pitch on
1.2 [no object] Give a judgement concerning a matter or legal case: the courts decided in favour 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.
1.3Come to a decision about (something): the council will decide the fate of the homes
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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.
Synonyms
hear, try, examine;
make a judgement on, pass judgement on, sit in judgement on, pronounce judgement on, pronounce on, give a verdict on, make a ruling on, rule on
informal ref
1.4Resolve or settle (a question or contest): an exciting game was decided by a 65th-minute goal
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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.
Synonyms
settle, resolve, bring to a conclusion, determine, work out, answer, clinch, confirm
informal sort out, figure out

Origin

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

Derivatives

decidable

adjective
More 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.

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