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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"


  1. decideverb

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

  2. decideverb

    To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.

  3. decideverb

    To cause someone to come to a decision.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DECIDEverb

    Etymology: decido, Latin.

    The day approach’d when fortune should decide
    Th’ important enterprize, and give the bride. John Dryden, Fables.

    In council oft, and oft in battle tried,
    Betwixt thy master and the world decide. George Granville.

    Who shall decide, when doctors disagree,
    And soundest casuists doubt? Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decideverb

    to cut off; to separate

  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

  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

  4. 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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  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

  2. 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. Mitch McConnell:

    People in Alaska have to decide whether that's a terribly relevant issue to them.

  2. David Binnion:

    With the new listed companies, as they look to raise growth capital going forward, they will look at convertible bonds as well as equity to decide what they want to do. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a more diverse sector representation beyond just the developers.

  3. Nikki Krishnamurthy:

    While we still believe in the value of in-person collaboration and the community that builds, we also value our employees having the choice to decide where they want to work while they're not in the office.

  4. Michael Vidler:

    Excessive force was used and he was assaulted while he was on the ground, police kicked and punched him and effectively sexually assaulted him -- his private parts were grabbed repeatedly and painfully. We're considering our next steps and will decide over the next few days how to proceed.

  5. Purvi Raniga:

    Choices that we make everyday shapes our future. Everyday you have the power to change your future by doing right choice, by staying true to yourself. You have that choice to decide your goals in life. You have that choice to do actions which make closer to your goals in life. You have the choice to dream about your future and work towards it. You have the choice to not let your past define you. Everyday you have these choices.”

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. commensal
    • B. tantamount
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