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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.]

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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, deiced

  2. De-iced

  3. Deiced

How to pronounce decide?

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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. Bobby Jindal:

    If I decide to run.

  2. Michael Friedman:

    The union must decide.

  3. Latin Proverb:

    Deliberate often--decide once.

  4. One Gazprom source:

    Things will be as the Germans decide.

  5. Buckminster Fuller:

    Our power is in our ability to decide.

Images & Illustrations of decide

  1. decidedecidedecidedecidedecide

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