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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··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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of decide

Historical Examples of decide

  • I do not presume to decide whether all that is believed has the inward significancy.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Let me hear from your own lips the words that must decide my destiny.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Still, I must tell you all about certain things before you decide.

  • To decide the question, I read two books; one agrees with you, and the other with Hardy.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • I cannot decide which way to turn to reach Fifth Avenue again.

British Dictionary definitions for decide


  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 for decide

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 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.

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