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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decide, make up one's mind, determineverb

    reach, make, or come to a decision about something

    "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"

  2. decide, settle, resolve, adjudicateverb

    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. decideverb

    cause to decide

    "This new development finally decided me!"

  4. decideverb

    influence or determine

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


  1. decideverb

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

  2. decideverb

    To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.

  3. decideverb

    To cause someone to come to a decision.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DECIDEverb

    Etymology: decido, Latin.

    The day approach’d when fortune should decide
    Th’ important enterprize, and give the bride. John Dryden, Fables.

    In council oft, and oft in battle tried,
    Betwixt thy master and the world decide. George Granville.

    Who shall decide, when doctors disagree,
    And soundest casuists doubt? Alexander Pope.


  1. decide

    To decide means to make a choice or reach a conclusion after considering different options or alternatives. It involves evaluating various factors, considering different perspectives or preferences, and ultimately settling on one course of action or making a definitive judgement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decideverb

    to cut off; to separate

  2. Decideverb

    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. Decideverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. decide

    To action a possibility.

    They decide together their love, understanding, solidarity and unity is so beautiful for them to marry

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

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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

  2. deiced

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  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

Examples of decide in a Sentence

  1. H. L. Hunt:

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

  2. Sonja Wolf:

    The guy in the street wants to seize his opportunity and nothing else. when a government, whichever, responds favorably to the demands of gangs, they can decide to lower the violence. When the gangs realize they are not getting the results they expected, they can decide as it appears they have to increase the violence.

  3. 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.

  4. H.W. Mann:

    Before we can create change, we have to decide something needs to change. Before we can decide something needs to change, we have to accept it as it is. Before we can accept it as it is, we have to be aware of its existence. Awareness is the beginning of all creation.

  5. Josef Stalin:

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

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