Definitions for decidedɪˈsaɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•cide*dɪˈsaɪd(v.)-cid•ed, -cid•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to solve or conclude (a dispute) by awarding victory to one side:

    to decide a case in favor of the plaintiff.

  2. to determine or settle (something in dispute):

    to decide an argument.

  3. to bring (a person) to a decision; persuade or convince:

    What decided you to take the job?

  4. (v.i.)to settle something in dispute or doubt.

  5. to come to a conclusion.

* Syn: decide , resolve , determine imply settling something in dispute or doubt. To decide is to make up one's mind after consideration: I decided to go to the party. To resolve is to settle conclusively with firmness of purpose: She resolved to ask for a promotion. To determine is to settle after investigation or observation: It is difficult to determine the best course of action.

Origin of decide:

1350–1400; ME < MF decider < L dēcīdere lit., to cut off


Princeton's WordNet

  1. decide, make up one's mind, determine(verb)

    reach, make, or come to a decision about something

    "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"

  2. decide, settle, resolve, adjudicate(verb)

    bring to an end; settle conclusively

    "The case was decided"; "The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"

  3. decide(verb)

    cause to decide

    "This new development finally decided me!"

  4. decide(verb)

    influence or determine

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. decide(verb)ɪˈsaɪd

    to make a choice; = choose

    We decided to stay home.; to decide between two options; I decided that I didn't want to.; I had to decide where to start.

  2. decideɪˈsaɪd

    to make an official or legal judgment

    The court decided in their favor.; It took two days to decide the case.

  3. decideɪˈsaɪd

    to determine a result

    The third game will decide the outcome.


  1. decide(Verb)

    To resolve (a contest, problem, dispute, etc.); to choose, determine, or settle.

  2. decide(Verb)

    To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.

  3. decide(Verb)

    To cause someone to come to a decision.

  4. Origin: From décider or decidere, infintive of decido, from de + caedo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decide(verb)

    to cut off; to separate

  2. Decide(verb)

    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

  3. Decide(verb)

    to determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision; as, the court decided in favor of the defendant

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decide' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1644

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decide' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1089

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decide' in Verbs Frequency: #89

Anagrams of decide

  1. de-iced, deiced

  2. De-iced

  3. Deiced

Translations for decide

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) make up one's mind

I have decided to retire; What decided you against going?

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