- 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 decider
Contemporary Examples of decider
Here The Decider becomes The Second-Guesser; Decision Points is a confessional masked as a memoir.A Democrat's Guide to Bush's Book
November 10, 2010
Still, it felt like we were watching The Decider vs. The Agonizer.The Decider vs. The Agonizer
November 9, 2010
On November 9, the Decider will release his presidential memoir, Decision Points.Five Fall Feuds
Samuel P. Jacobs
August 18, 2010
At a reunion for George W. Bush's administration on February 26, the Decider joked about his upcoming memoir.Bush's Ghostwriter
March 9, 2010
What this decider wanted to do was consider all options, even the ones he—and they—knew he was not prepared to take.Tensions on the Campaign Team
October 30, 2009
Historical Examples of decider
A life force, the giver of life, the decider of life, the repository of all animal life on the entire planet.The World That Couldn't Be
Clifford Donald Simak
- the point, goal, game, etc, that determines who wins a match or championship
- (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
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.