[ dih-sahyd ]
/ d瑟藞sa瑟d /
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verb (used with object), de路cid路ed, de路cid路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), de路cid路ed, de路cid路ing.
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.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of decide

1350鈥1400; Middle English deciden<Middle French decider<Latin d膿c墨dere literally, to cut off, equivalent to d膿-de- + -c墨dere (combining form of caedere to cut)


de路cid路er, nounpre路de路cide, verb (used with object), pre路de路cid路ed, pre路de路cid路ing.re路de路cide, verb, re路de路cid路ed, re路de路cid路ing.
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To decide is to settle something in dispute or doubt. How is it different from resolve and determine? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

How to use decide in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for decide

/ (d瑟藞sa瑟d) /

(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 for decide

C14: from Old French decider, from Latin d膿c墨dere, literally: to cut off, from caedere to cut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012