- 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.
To decide is defined as to conclude, settle or make a choice.
transitive verb-·cid′ed, -·cid′ing
- 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 of decideMiddle English deciden from Classical Latin decidere, to cut off, decide from de-, off, from + caedere, to cut: see -cide
to arrive at a judgment, choice, or decision
verbde·cid·ed, de·cid·ing, de·cides
- a. To reach a conclusion or form a judgment or opinion about (something) by reasoning or consideration: decide what to do.b. To cause to make or reach a decision: “The presence of so many witnesses decided him at once to flee” ( Robert Louis Stevenson )
- To settle conclusively all contention or uncertainty about: decide a case; decided the dispute in favor of the workers.
- To influence or determine the outcome of: A few votes decided the election.
- To pronounce a judgment; announce a verdict.
- To reach a decision; make up one's mind.
Origin of decideMiddle 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.
decide determine settle rule conclude resolve
These verbs mean to come to a decision. Decide is the least specific: “If two laws conflict with each other, the courts must decide on the operation of each” (John Marshall). Determine often involves somewhat narrower issues: A jury will determine the verdict. Settle stresses finality of decision: “The lama waved a hand to show that the matter was finally settled in his mind” (Rudyard Kipling). Rule implies that the decision is handed down by someone in authority: The committee ruled that changes in the curriculum should be implemented. Conclude suggests that a decision, opinion, or judgment has been arrived at after careful consideration: She concluded that the criticism was unjust. Resolve stresses the exercise of choice in making a firm decision: I resolved to lose weight.
(third-person singular simple present decides, present participle deciding, simple past and past participle decided)
- To resolve (a contest, problem, dispute, etc.); to choose, determine, or settle.
- The election will be decided on foreign policies.
- We must decide our next move.
- Her last-minute goal decided the game.
- (intransitive) To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.
- You must decide between good and evil.
- I have decided that it is healthier to walk to work.
- To cause someone to come to a decision.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
OriginSee also: décide