verb (used with object), de·cid·ed, de·cid·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·cid·ed, de·cid·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.

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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of decider

  • Here The Decider becomes The Second-Guesser; Decision Points is a confessional masked as a memoir.

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    A Democrat's Guide to Bush's Book

    Bryan Curtis

    November 10, 2010

  • Still, it felt like we were watching The Decider vs. The Agonizer.

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    The Decider vs. The Agonizer

    Howard Kurtz

    November 9, 2010

  • On November 9, the Decider will release his presidential memoir, Decision Points.

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    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.

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    Bush's Ghostwriter

    Bryan Curtis

    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.

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    Tensions on the Campaign Team

    Richard Wolffe

    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

British Dictionary definitions for decider



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

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

Word Origin and History for decider



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper