- to solve or conclude (a question, controversy, or struggle) by giving victory to one side: The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff.
- to determine or settle (something in dispute or doubt): to decide an argument.
- to bring (a person) to a decision; persuade or convince: The new evidence decided him.
- to settle something in dispute or doubt: The judge decided in favor of the plaintiff.
- to make a judgment or determine a preference; come to a conclusion.
Origin of decide
Examples from the Web for decide
Between 25 and 30, you’re trying to decide how much longer before you start growing a beard and calling yourself ‘Daddy.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
Where the U.S. once depended on its own forces to determine who was military material, this time the Iraqis will decide.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
People always have to perceive the problems before them, including many unexpected nuances, and decide how to handle them.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Washington cannot let others—whether in Pyongyang or Beijing or Moscow, or Tehran—decide what Americans read or watch.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
But most women do the walk with their man, even if they later wise up and decide to leave him after all.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
December 17, 2014
Let me hear from your own lips the words that must decide my destiny.
I do not presume to decide whether all that is believed has the inward significancy.
Still, I must tell you all about certain things before you decide.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
To decide the question, I read two books; one agrees with you, and the other with Hardy.Life in London
I cannot decide which way to turn to reach Fifth Avenue again.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (may take a clause or an infinitive as object; when intr, sometimes foll by on or about) to reach a decisiondecide what you want; he decided to go
- (tr) to cause (a person) to reach a decisionthe weather decided me against going
- (tr) to determine or settle (a contest or question)he decided his future plans
- (tr) to influence decisively the outcome of (a contest or question)Borg's stamina decided the match
- (intr; foll by for or against) to pronounce a formal verdict
Word Origin and History for decide
late 14c., "to settle a dispute," from Old French decider, from Latin decidere "to decide, determine," literally "to cut off," from de- "off" (see de-) + caedere "to cut" (see -cide). For Latin vowel change, see acquisition. Sense is of resolving difficulties "at a stroke." Meaning "to make up one's mind" is attested from 1830. Related: Decided; deciding.