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Meaning of decide by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French décider or Latin dēcīdere, infintive of dēcīdō ( “cut off, decide” ), from dē ( “down from” ) + caedō ( “cut” ) .


    • IPA: /dɪˈsaɪd/


    decide ( third-person singular simple present decides present participle deciding, simple past and past participle decided )

    1. ( transitive ) To resolve ( a contest, problem, dispute, etc. ); to choose, determine, or settle .
      The election will be decided on foreign policies .
      We must decide our next move .
      Her last-minute goal decided the game .
    2. ( intransitive ) To make a judgment, especially after deliberation .
      You must decide between good and evil .
      I have decided that it is healthier to walk to work .
    3. ( transitive ) To cause someone to come to a decision.

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Explanation of decide by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. reach, make, or come to a decision about something

    2. We finally decided after lengthy deliberations
    3. bring to an end

    4. The case was decided
      The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff
    5. cause to decide

    6. This new development finally decided me!
    7. influence or determine

    8. The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election

    Definition of decide by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Decide v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decided; p. pr. & vb. n. Deciding.] [L. decīdere; de- + caedere to cut, cut off; prob. akin to E. shed, v.: cf. F. décider. Cf. Decision.]
      1. To cut off; to separate. [Obs.]

      Our seat denies us traffic here;

      The sea, too near, decides us from the rest. Fuller.

      2. To bring to a termination, as a question, controversy, struggle, by giving the victory to one side or party; to render judgment concerning; to determine; to settle.

      So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it. 1 Kings xx. 40.

      The quarrel toucheth none but us alone;

      Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then. Shak.

    2. Decide, v. i. To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision; as, “the court decided in favor of the defendant”.

      Who shall decide, when doctors disagree? Pope.