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dɪˈsaɪdde·cide

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. decide(Verb)

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

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

  2. decide(Verb)

    To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.

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

  3. decide(Verb)

    To cause someone to come to a decision.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decide(verb)

    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. 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

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

  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

    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 act on a possibility.

    They did decide together their love, understanding and unity was enough for them to marry earlier than planned.

    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

How to pronounce decide?

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How to say decide in sign language?

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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. Demere Woolway:

    There are certainly some transgender students for whom it matters a lot but if it's a gay man whose best friend is a lesbian and they decide they want to live together, this is an option.

  2. John Carey:

    The international situation continues to weigh on people's minds, and commodities were weaker earlier. In the absence of any strong new economic data or blow-away-type earnings results, people are still cautious, waiting for the Fed to decide on whether it's going to raise rates or not.

  3. Conor Gearty:

    What you had was the UN saying' Get out there and do counter-terrorism and we'll let you decide what terror is.' And that was just a gift horse for authoritarian regimes.

  4. Prime Minister Boiko Borisov:

    Every other option is way more complicated... To decide now to build a Russian reactor when Russia is under sanctions. You can imagine what access every engineer or mechanic who comes here would have and what additional problems Bulgaria would face.

  5. RAMANA PEMMARAJU:

    First you decide to suffer, then search for reasons that justify your suffering!

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