Definition of decide in English:

decide

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Come to a resolution in the mind as a result of consideration.

    [with infinitive] ‘they decided to appoint someone else’
    [with clause] ‘you've decided that a hedge is what you want’
    • ‘However, I wouldn't be surprised if Alex changes his mind again and decides to testify - and I told him as much.’
    • ‘We've compiled a list of the key issues to keep in mind when you're deciding whether a new city is right for you.’
    • ‘He waited another minute then decided that he had to let someone know what was going on.’
    • ‘Nato will then decide how to proceed with the mission.’
    • ‘I contemplated going back for an umbrella, and decided that there was probably no need.’
    • ‘However, planning inspectors decided the council's complaints were too vague.’
    • ‘I decided it must have been my imagination, and that it was just as well to keep to the task at hand.’
    • ‘He told the Sunday Herald last week that he finally decided to go ahead without her consent after a phone call from his father.’
    • ‘The day before getting on the plane to get to my seminar, I finally make up my mind and decide to drop round their flat.’
    • ‘The next morning Alice changes her mind and decides that, after all, she would like Bob to phone her.’
    • ‘She has been an auxiliary nurse for 20 years but decided that she wanted to do something more.’
    • ‘Maria pushed those thoughts to the back of her mind, deciding to focus on the here and now, rather than mysterious feelings.’
    • ‘I assumed the crew had taken the weather into consideration when deciding to fly home, but I didn't know for sure.’
    • ‘Finally the woman ahead of me in mind decides to buy the aspirin and leaves.’
    • ‘He looked at her suspiciously but apparently decided that she was being sincere.’
    • ‘As Katherine made up her mind, she decided that she would go now, as soon as possible.’
    • ‘We pushed our plates back, sighed contentedly, and decided that a light dessert of plum yoghurt was all we needed to round it off.’
    • ‘Police and doctors have decided Abigail is not yet ready to view a video identity parade.’
    • ‘Wu said it took him several days of careful consideration before deciding to accept the appointment.’
    • ‘After six years of strict enforcement of parking laws, the city council has decided motorists deserve a break.’
    1. 1.1[with object] Cause to come to a resolution.
      ‘this business about the letter decided me’
    2. 1.2 Make a choice from a number of alternatives.
      ‘she had decided on her plan of action’
      ‘I've decided against having children’
      • ‘Hitler did take risks, and did stick with unrelenting determination to a course of action once he had decided on it.’
      • ‘After studying what the company had to offer, Louisa finally decided on a mix of pink-and-white balloons.’
      • ‘The couple decided on the venue after spotting it in the Good Hotel Guide and enjoying a romantic break there earlier in the year.’
      • ‘But councillors on the environment committee decided against imposing the changes.’
      • ‘Thus, the two senior commanders on the spot decided on a land campaign to capture the Gallipoli peninsula.’
      • ‘The children decided on the content of their films and directed the action.’
      • ‘She decided on the chocolate covered biscuits and passed around the packet.’
      • ‘I did think about offering her a slice, but soon decided against it.’
      • ‘I'll be taking your opinions into consideration when deciding on the winner.’
      • ‘In all the cases investigated by police the Crown Prosecution Service decided against pressing charges.’
      • ‘I had thought of visiting Pakistan but seeing as most of my cousins are now living in Mill Hill, I decided against it.’
      • ‘As long as you keep these three main purposes in mind while you are deciding what you want on your website and how it should be worded, you will fill this area nicely.’
      • ‘We decided on an alternate route that took us to the interstate and we were on our way to Dayton.’
      • ‘To its credit, the government agreed, and decided against approving the range.’
      • ‘There is little doubt in my mind that efficiency and cost-effectiveness will inevitably be considerations when deciding on our transport solutions.’
      • ‘We're hoping for a little girl and have decided on a name already!’
      • ‘As usual it was a further five minutes before Mr McDonald decided on his order and Alexa made it back to the kitchen.’
      • ‘Countryside Properties has decided against building about 36 houses near Healey Dell.’
      • ‘At the time of writing, the non-Congress Opposition had not decided on its candidate.’
      • ‘I saw you all earlier in the evening but decided against calling the police because you were not doing anything really wrong.’
      choose, opt for, select, pick, pick out, go for, settle on, plump for, plump on, single out, take, fix on
      pitch on
      resolve, determine, make up one's mind, make a decision, come to a decision, reach a decision, come to a conclusion, reach a conclusion, settle on a plan of action
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    3. 1.3 Give a judgment concerning a matter or legal case.
      ‘the courts decided in favor of the New York claimants’
      [with object] ‘the judge will decide the case’
      • ‘Architects will continue to face liability for noncompliant designs, even if the Supreme Court ultimately decides in their favor.’
      • ‘The court for example had no power to decide in this matter, only a grand jury would have binding status on Mr Cohen.’
      • ‘If the jury decides all those matters in the plaintiff's favour, as they did in the Marsden case, then their job is over.’
      • ‘It is not clear when the HFEA will decide on the matter.’
      • ‘The current High Court seems to be deciding most cases in favour of defendants.’
      • ‘The trial judge decided in favour of the prosecution for the reasons advanced by Mr Sheridan.’
      • ‘The arguments presented by the HFEA in court, and those made by judges in deciding in favour of the HFEA, contained a number of inconsistencies and arbitrary judgements.’
      • ‘So far as you are aware, is there any reason why the Federal Court would not have jurisdiction to decide all the matters in issue in this case?’
      • ‘The judge who ultimately decides this case requires the opportunity to hear and observe the persons who will give evidence.’
      • ‘Scotland has its own Assembly which decides on such matters - and English MPs have no vote there.’
      • ‘Whether such a statement is admissible as evidence is a matter for the courts to decide.’
      • ‘VeriSign stands to lose $100 million if the appeal court decides in favour of Kremen.’
      • ‘Breaking news: this case has just been decided in favor of the students.’
      • ‘Now an ecclesiastical court has decided in favour of the changes.’
      • ‘The single judges who now decide most appeals no longer need to issue written opinions.’
      • ‘The sect also initiated exhaustive judicial proceedings, but each time the court decided in favor of Spaink.’
      • ‘The judge ruled to hear more evidence before deciding on the matter.’
      • ‘Seven years later, the courts decided in favour of the Hotel Sacher.’
      • ‘But whatever the judges or the legislators decide, a court order is no good unless it can be enforced.’
      • ‘It was not the role of the coroner's court to decide on matters of alleged medical negligence.’
    4. 1.4[with object] Come to a decision about (something)
      ‘we must decide the fates of the people who headed the coup’
      • ‘However, the council will not decide its budget until February 21 and the plans could be opposed by other party political groups.’
      • ‘In the end, how you play the game and the decisions you make will decide his fate and the fate of the town.’
      • ‘For Murphy, the past has finally caught up and he must now decide his own fate.’
      • ‘Labour council leader Cllr Bob Howarth told a meeting of the executive that the council's other political parties would have a say in deciding council tax increases.’
      • ‘Before the details of the new bond issue are decided, several important questions have to be answered.’
      • ‘However, the state has not yet enacted the agreement and Nu Image has been awaiting the authorities' decision before deciding its own action on the case.’
      • ‘A panel of judges will decide the Variety Club awards, which will go to the region's top personalities in sport and media.’
      • ‘The future of Southampton's bin service was yesterday decided at a full council meeting.’
      • ‘The bowler must be allowed to bowl until the committee decides his fate.’
      • ‘That's when our parish council must decide its financial plans.’
      • ‘Arguments for and against a controversial new theme park ride have been aired before a Government inspector who must decide its fate.’
      • ‘The case soon went to court and my future was decided by a jury.’
      • ‘The outcome was decided by a family vote.’
      • ‘Each government must decide its various priorities, and these may vary from year to year, decade to decade.’
      • ‘Tonight Swindon Council will end months of speculation when it decides the level of council tax for the next financial year.’
      • ‘These extra expenses and the resulting lower net income must be measured before deciding our tuition rates.’
      • ‘The Barbican's new-found success as home to the world's second-biggest snooker tournament must surely be weighed in the balance when the council decides its future.’
      • ‘Rob M. looked like he was in charge, making the decisions, and deciding his own fate.’
      • ‘Until January 2001, 70 % of complete applications were decided within one week of receipt.’
      • ‘This placement reflects the impartiality of the jurors who must decide guilt or innocence.’
      adjudicate, arbitrate, adjudge, judge, umpire, referee
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    5. 1.5[with object] Resolve or settle (a question or contest)
      ‘an exciting game was decided in a sudden-death overtime’
      • ‘The college bowl season centres on New Year's Day, though the game that decides the national collegiate champions is no longer played on that day.’
      • ‘The Minor Premiership will now be decided in the final game of the season between the clubs next weekend.’
      • ‘The match was decided on the last game of the evening when Hansen was able to overcome Armstrong.’
      • ‘By the time this letter is read the last Test will have probably been decided.’
      • ‘Having the election decided by the courts rather than voters is deeply unsatisfactory.’
      • ‘It was fitting that this pacey, engaging, if not top standard, game should be decided by a goal of beauty.’
      • ‘It also doesn't alter the nature of the tie or the criteria by which that game will be decided, until now.’
      • ‘Now, it appears possible that that game could decide the conference championship.’
      • ‘All those questions will be decided by medical assessors and will not be open to litigation.’
      • ‘Claremorris now face Westport B in a game that will decide the championship in Westport Saturday week.’
      • ‘The choices of what limits should be imposed are decided by electoral contest.’
      • ‘David says the national question will be decided at a three-day congress in late October.’
      • ‘The game should be decided by either good batting or good bowling… rather than being won by default.’
      • ‘The election was decided ultimately by the large postal vote of emigrants from the province.’
      • ‘For the first time, an NFL championship game would be decided in sudden-death overtime.’
      • ‘Too much effort has gone into each team's preparations to allow a game be decided on a poor decision by a referee.’
      • ‘It's going to be like a high school basketball game that is decided by the final shot at the buzzer.’
      • ‘Should Topalov win the final game, the match will be decided by a playoff later in the day.’
      • ‘Eligibility to free health care is quite properly a political question, to be decided by due democratic process.’
      • ‘The US election is not decided by the popular vote, but by a state electoral college system.’
      settle, resolve, bring to a conclusion, determine, work out, answer, clinch, confirm
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense bring to a settlement): from French décider, from Latin decidere determine from de- off + caedere cut.

Pronunciation:

decide

/dəˈsīd/