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Dictionary Definition

decide

Verb

1 reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations" [syn: make up one's mind, determine]
2 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" [syn: settle, resolve, adjudicate]
3 cause to decide; "This new development finally decided me!"
4 influence or determine; "The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From French décider or Latin decidere ‘cut off, decide’, from de- + caedere ‘cut’.

Pronunciation

/dɪˈsaɪd/

Verb

  1. To resolve (a contest, problem, dispute, etc.); to choose, determine, or settle.
    The election will be decided on foreign policies.
    We must decide our next move.
    Her last-minute goal decided the game.
  2. To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.
    You must decide between good and evil.
    I have decided that it is healthier to walk to work.
  3. To cause someone to come to a decision.
    • 1920, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Three Gables" (Norton edition, 2005, p. 1537),
      It decides me to look into the matter, for if it is worth anyone's while to take so much trouble, there must be something in it.

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Translations

resolve or settle
  • Danish: afgøre
  • Finnish: päättää, ratkaista
  • French: décider
  • German: entscheiden, beschließen
  • Hebrew: להכריע (lehakhria)
  • Hungarian: dönt, eldönt
  • Romanian: decide
  • Spanish: decidir, resolver
resolve a dispute, give judgement
  • Danish: afgøre
  • Finnish: päättää, ratkaista
  • French: décider
  • German: entscheiden, beschließen, festsetzen
  • Hebrew: להכריע (lehakhria)
  • Romanian: decide
  • Spanish: decidir
bring someone to a decision
  • Danish: få en person til at beslutte sig
  • French: décider
  • Romanian: convinge
come to a resolution or judgement
  • Czech: rozhodnout
  • Danish: beslutte, afgøre
  • French: décider
  • German: entscheiden, beschließen
  • Hebrew: להחליט (lehakhlyt')
  • Romanian: decide
  • Spanish: decidir

Verb form

decide

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adjudge, adjudicate, advance, arbitrate, ascertain, assure, bring, call the shots, carry, certify, choose, choose to, cinch, clear up, clinch, command, conclude, conduce to, conjecture, contribute to, control, decide upon, decree, desire, determine, direct, dismiss all doubt, dispose, elect, engage, enlist, ensure, establish, figure, find, find out, fix, forward, gather, get at, get to do, govern, guess, guide, incline, induce, influence, insure, interest in, judge, lead, lead to, lure, make a decision, make certain, make no doubt, make no mistake, make sure, make sure of, nail down, opt for, order, pick out, procure, prompt, purpose, reassure, redound to, referee, regulate, remove all doubt, resolve, rule, seal, see fit, see that, see to it, select, set, set at rest, settle, sort out, subserve, surmise, sway, take a resolution, tempt, think fit, think good, think proper, turn the scale, umpire, wear the pants, will, wish
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