What does decide mean?

Definitions for decidedɪˈsaɪd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word decide.

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"


  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

  4. Origin: [L. decdere; de- + caedere to cut, cut off; prob. akin to E. shed, v.: cf. F. dcider. Cf. Decision.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decide

    de-sīd′, v.t. to determine: to end: to settle: to resolve.—adjs. Decid′able, capable of being decided; Decid′ed, determined: clear, unmistakable: resolute.—adv. Decid′edly. [O. Fr. decider—L. decidērede, away, cædĕre, to cut.]

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 for decide »

  1. de-iced, deiced

  2. De-iced

  3. Deiced


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decide in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Will:

    Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.

  2. Josef Stalin:

    The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count them decide everything.

  3. Vikrant Parsai:

    People don’t desire their future, they decide their habits and their habits decide their future.

  4. H. L. Hunt:

    Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.

  5. Sidney Madwed:

    The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves.

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