- To decide is defined as to conclude, settle or make a choice.
- An example of to decide is for a jury to choose if a person is guilty or not guilty.
- An example of to decide is to choose between pistachio and cookie dough ice cream.
decide definition by Webster's New World
- to end (a contest, dispute, etc.) by giving one side the victory or by passing judgment
- to make up one's mind, or reach a decision, about; determine: to decide what to do
- to cause to reach a decision
Origin: Middle English deciden ; from Classical Latin decidere, to cut off, decide ; from de-, off, from plush caedere, to cut: see -cide
decide definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb de·cid·ed, de·cid·ing, de·cides verb, transitive
- a. To settle conclusively all contention or uncertainty about: decide a case; decided the dispute in favor of the workers.b. To make up one's mind about: decide what to do.
- To influence or determine the outcome of: A few votes decided the election.
- To cause to make or reach a decision.
- To pronounce a judgment; announce a verdict.
- To make up one's mind.
Origin: Middle English deciden, from Old French decider, from Latin dēcīdere, to cut off, decide : dē-, de- + caedere, to cut; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.
- de·cid·a·bilˈi·ty noun
- de·cidˈa·ble adjective
- de·cidˈer noun