- in no way uncertain or ambiguous; unquestionable; unmistakable: a decided victory.
- free from hesitation or wavering; resolute; determined: a decided approach to a problem.
Origin of decided
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- 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 decided
Then Eminem decided he wanted in on some of the mean-spirited misogyny, actually rapping about raping Iggy.Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year
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Further, in the Super Tuesday states of Florida, Texas, and Virginia, Paul is operating at a decided disadvantage.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
Cocker, for his part, worked briefly as an apprentice gasfitter but decided to take the plunge into the world of commercial music.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
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On Christmas weekend, a North Korean tyrant has decided what American teenagers will see on the silver screen.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
I have now decided to go on hunger strike to protest at this injustice.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
He decided, too, that he could think better with something mechanical to occupy his hands.
He decided he ought to think more about what he was doing and what he should do.
He caught but two fish, and they were so small that he decided not to offer them for sale.
I summoned him to an interview, and informed him in decided terms that I must be master in my own ship.
You didn't seem like a New York man either, and I decided you weren't.
- unmistakablea decided improvement
- determined; resolutea girl of decided character
- (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 decided
"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.
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.