verb de·cide \di-ˈsīd, dē-\

: to make a choice about (something) : to choose (something) after thinking about it

: to choose whether or not to believe (something) after thinking about it : to reach a conclusion about (something) because of evidence

: to cause (something) to end in a particular way : to determine what the result of (something) will be


Full Definition of DECIDE

transitive verb
a :  to make a final choice or judgment about <decide what to do>
b :  to select as a course of action —used with an infinitive <decided to go>
c :  to infer on the basis of evidence :  conclude <they decided that he was right>
:  to bring to a definitive end <one blow decided the fight>
:  to induce to come to a choice <her pleas decided him to help>
intransitive verb
:  to make a choice or judgment <decide on where to go>
de·cid·abil·i·ty \di-ˌsī-də-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
de·cid·able \di-ˈsī-də-bəl\ adjective
de·cid·er noun

Origin of DECIDE

Middle English, from Latin decidere, literally, to cut off, from de- + caedere to cut
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of DECIDE

decide, determine, settle, rule, resolve mean to come or cause to come to a conclusion. decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy <she decided to sell her house>. determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something <determined the cause of the problem>. settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty <the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy>. rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority <the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible>. resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something <he resolved to quit smoking>.
DECIDE Defined for Kids


verb de·cide \di-ˈsīd\

Definition of DECIDE for Kids

:  to make a judgment on <The judge decided the case.>
:  to bring to an end in a particular way <One vote could decide the election.>
:  to make a choice especially after careful thought <We decided to go.>


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