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decided

[dih-sahy-did]
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adjective
  1. in no way uncertain or ambiguous; unquestionable; unmistakable: a decided victory.
  2. free from hesitation or wavering; resolute; determined: a decided approach to a problem.

Origin of decided

First recorded in 1780–90; decide + -ed2
Related formsde·cid·ed·ly, adverbde·cid·ed·ness, nounpre·de·cid·ed, adjectivewell-de·cid·ed, adjective

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1. undeniable, indisputable, positive, certain, pronounced, definite, sure, indubitable. 2. resolved, unhesitating, unwavering.

Antonyms

1, 2. uncertain.

decide

[dih-sahyd]
verb (used with object), de·cid·ed, de·cid·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. to determine or settle (something in dispute or doubt): to decide an argument.
  3. to bring (a person) to a decision; persuade or convince: The new evidence decided him.
verb (used without object), de·cid·ed, de·cid·ing.
  1. to settle something in dispute or doubt: The judge decided in favor of the plaintiff.
  2. to make a judgment or determine a preference; come to a conclusion.

Origin of decide

1350–1400; Middle English deciden < Middle French decider < Latin dēcīdere literally, to cut off, equivalent to dē- de- + -cīdere (combining form of caedere to cut)
Related formsde·cid·er, nounpre·de·cide, verb (used with object), pre·de·cid·ed, pre·de·cid·ing.re·de·cide, verb, re·de·cid·ed, re·de·cid·ing.

Synonym study

1. Decide, resolve, determine imply settling upon a purpose and being able to adhere to it. To decide is to make up one's mind as to what shall be done and the way to do it: He decided to go today. To resolve is to show firmness of purpose: He resolved to ask for a promotion. To determine is to make up one's mind and then to stick to a fixed or settled purpose: determined to maintain his position at all costs.
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Examples from the Web for decided

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  • He decided, too, that he could think better with something mechanical to occupy his hands.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He decided he ought to think more about what he was doing and what he should do.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He caught but two fish, and they were so small that he decided not to offer them for sale.

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    Horatio Alger

  • I summoned him to an interview, and informed him in decided terms that I must be master in my own ship.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • You didn't seem like a New York man either, and I decided you weren't.

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    Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for decided

decided

adjective (prenominal)
  1. unmistakablea decided improvement
  2. determined; resolutea girl of decided character
Derived Formsdecidedly, adverbdecidedness, noun

decide

verb
  1. (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
  2. (tr) to cause (a person) to reach a decisionthe weather decided me against going
  3. (tr) to determine or settle (a contest or question)he decided his future plans
  4. (tr) to influence decisively the outcome of (a contest or question)Borg's stamina decided the match
  5. (intr; foll by for or against) to pronounce a formal verdict

Word Origin

C14: from Old French decider, from Latin dēcīdere, literally: to cut off, from caedere to cut
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Word Origin and History for decided

adj.

"resolute," 1790, past participle adjective from decide. A decided victory is one whose reality is not in doubt; a decisive one goes far toward settling some issue. Related: Decidedly.

decide

v.

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.

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