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Definitions for decide
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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  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

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  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. Rod Rosenstein:

    It's not our job to render conclusive factual findings. We just decide whether it is appropriate to file criminal charges.

  2. Ari Fleischer:

    There's a higher principle about the role of the federal government that runs into conflict with the raw emotions that play out after a tragedy and it squeezes Republicans, they're squeezed because the higher principle is Republican federal candidates place a lot of value in the right of states to decide these matters without federal interference -- whether it's an emotional issue like the flag, or whether it's gun rights, gay marriage.

  3. Ted Cruz:

    We are likely to have a battle in Cleveland to decide who is the nominee, if you don’t want to see Donald Trump as the nominee, … then I ask you to please vote for the men and women on this slate.

  4. Adam Schiff:

    I think we start out with a very healthy skepticism, we don't want to do anything that will interfere in any case that the Justice Department may decide to bring.

  5. Andrew Jarecki:

    After episode five, Bob Durst sent an email to a friend saying, 'I'm in New Orleans. I'm going to check into a hotel under an assumed name. I'm going to watch episode six and see how bad it is, and then I'm going to decide if I'm going to go to Cuba,' he didn't end up going to Cuba because he was arrested, and that's a testament to the power of television.

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