Origin of deciding
- 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
Related Words for decidingdecisive, conclusive, prime, chief, necessary, key, principal, critical, crucial, important, influential, significant
Examples from the Web for deciding
Contemporary Examples of deciding
Excited, Shaheen wasted no time and began interviewing surgeons, deciding upon Dr. Curtis Crane in Greenbrae, California.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.
December 29, 2014
And it might be easiest of all imagining him “exploring” a candidacy for a while and then deciding the hell with it.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
Growing rapidly as a community and up for grabs, Asian Americans are deciding elections around the country.Asian Americans Are The Country’s Fastest Growing Swing Vote
November 9, 2014
I think some of the energy of the performance came from Bruce deciding, 'I'm going to claim this song back from Reagan.'Are Politicians Too Dumb to Understand the Lyrics to ‘Born in the USA’?
November 6, 2014
But he argued that the issue does motivate otherwise unlikely voters and could be a deciding factor in a close race.Ganja Vs. Geezers in the Sunshine State
November 3, 2014
Historical Examples of deciding
We are aided by all who desire self-government and a voice in deciding their own affairs.
She was deciding, as instantly as Linda had done, that she liked this man.Her Father's Daughter
Here was a man, she was deciding, who for his age was the physical superior of any she had ever met.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I came to you, my sweet, the moment I saw the doubt, and the necessity of deciding.Little Dorrit
So he let it go, deciding to make what corrections might be necessary afterwards.His Masterpiece
- (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.