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[ dih-sahy-ding ]


  1. that settles a question or dispute or leads to a final decision; determining; decisive:

    the deciding vote; The weather will be the deciding factor as to whether we have the picnic or not.

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  • de·ciding·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of deciding1

First recorded in 1650–60; decide + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

When the dizzying array of options on UberEats, Postmates, Grubhub, Caviar, Seamless, and all those other delivery apps is too overwhelming, Chili’s does some of the deciding for you.

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Excited, Shaheen wasted no time and began interviewing surgeons, deciding upon Dr. Curtis Crane in Greenbrae, California.

And it might be easiest of all imagining him “exploring” a candidacy for a while and then deciding the hell with it.

Growing rapidly as a community and up for grabs, Asian Americans are deciding elections around the country.

I think some of the energy of the performance came from Bruce deciding, 'I'm going to claim this song back from Reagan.'

But he argued that the issue does motivate otherwise unlikely voters and could be a deciding factor in a close race.

Before definitely deciding to give up Kullak and come to him, Deppe insisted that I should hear one of his scholars play.

She turned him down; and at the last moment he upset our plans by deciding to cut loose and go with us.

There was an amusing incident in connection with deciding upon the pitch of the instrument.

I am afraid the girls here will not interest you; only you should have the opportunity of deciding that question for yourself.

The commissioner of patents must make an examination for the purpose of deciding whether a patent may be granted or allowed.


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