What does decide mean?

Definitions for decide
dɪˈsaɪdde·cide

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. decideverb

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

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

  2. decideverb

    To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.

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

  3. decideverb

    To cause someone to come to a decision.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decideverb

    to cut off; to separate

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

  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

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

  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

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

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    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

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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. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer:

    I give my best to it, each time I decide a case, as you get older, it's even more of a benefit.

  2. Anonymous:

    Real programmers don't write in PLI. PLI is for programmers who can't decide whether to write in COBOL or FORTRAN.

  3. Markus Grolms:

    Now it is up to shareholders to decide whether Thyssenkrupp steers towards a (viable) future, or towards conflict.

  4. Erik Denison:

    There's obviously strength in numbers, and we might see other players decide to do it now, like he has.

  5. Guido Kerkhoff:

    We will decide on a sale based on valuation considerations and will wait for the right moment, however, given the current price of steel in the Brazilian market, no one is thinking about any value-creating transactions.

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