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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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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

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Numerology

  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. Emeasoba George:

    Decide never to give up on your dream/destiny/vision. Rather, hold on to your God-given dream/destiny/vision and dare to realize/fulfill it outrightly. Knowing/believing that it's never late or too late to discover/realize/fulfill your God-given dream/destiny/vision. Oh! Yes, as long as you are still alive it's never late or too late to do just that, unless you do think otherwise.

  2. Tim Allen:

    I visualize to the audience and I tell them ahead of time, I’m going to be saying these and I know they’re offensive to you – let’s decide why they’re offensive and who’s making that decision, i have a whole bit about PC correct and what it is. He added: I understand where we are, and we’ve made some adjustments and I said I like pushing stuff and making everybody laugh on stage, but you take stuff I said out of context? We were laughing about this and it’s not even funny.

  3. Munsheer Sulaiman:

    Depending on the salinity level we decide whether to open the gates of the small dam that distributes water to the village.

  4. Ben Suh:

    It's difficult to rule out that if the Covid-19 impact expands or becomes more prolonged, carriers may decide to delay 5G investment, which may have a negative impact on our business.

  5. Leana Wen:

    There was, and is, a time and place for pandemic restrictions. But when they were put in, it was always with the understanding that they would be removed as soon as we can. And, in this case, circumstances have changed. Case counts are declining. Also, the science has changed, the responsibility should shift from a government mandate imposed from the state or the local district of the school … it should shift to an individual responsibility by the family, who can still decide that their child can wear a mask if needed.

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