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decide

[dih-sahyd] /dɪˈsaɪd/
verb (used with object), decided, deciding.
1.
to solve or conclude (a question, controversy, or struggle) by giving victory to one side:
The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff.
2.
to determine or settle (something in dispute or doubt):
to decide an argument.
3.
to bring (a person) to a decision; persuade or convince:
The new evidence decided him.
verb (used without object), decided, deciding.
4.
to settle something in dispute or doubt:
The judge decided in favor of the plaintiff.
5.
to make a judgment or determine a preference; come to a conclusion.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English deciden < Middle French decider < Latin dēcīdere literally, to cut off, equivalent to dē- de- + -cīdere (combining form of caedere to cut)
Related forms
decider, noun
predecide, verb (used with object), predecided, predeciding.
redecide, verb, redecided, redeciding.
Synonyms
1. Decide, resolve, determine imply settling upon a purpose and being able to adhere to it. To decide is to make up one's mind as to what shall be done and the way to do it: He decided to go today. To resolve is to show firmness of purpose: He resolved to ask for a promotion. To determine is to make up one's mind and then to stick to a fixed or settled purpose: determined to maintain his position at all costs.
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Examples for decides
  • However, you can put your name on the wait list and take the space of anybody who decides to drop when it's time to pay up.
  • Actually there is a committee of citizens that decides from the tens of thousands of requests what subjects appear on stamps.
  • The chair directs him to state his question, and then decides whether it is one of privilege or not.
  • If a peregrine falcon decides to have you for lunch, you'd better run.
  • Ask students if they know who decides how land is used.
  • Suffering from a spinal cord injury, he decides to give the horse a cortisone shot.
  • The batter then decides whether or not to swing at it.
  • When a dictatorship decides to establish a reserve, that's that.
  • When spring finally arrives and decides to stay, the frogs hop around unharmed.
  • If the eel decides to pounce the fish may soon be snared by not one but two sets of toothy jaws.
British Dictionary definitions for decides

decide

/dɪˈsaɪd/
verb
1.
(may take a clause or an infinitive as object; when intransitive, sometimes foll by on or about) to reach a decision decide what you want, he decided to go
2.
(transitive) to cause (a person) to reach a decision the weather decided me against going
3.
(transitive) to determine or settle (a contest or question) he decided his future plans
4.
(transitive) to influence decisively the outcome of (a contest or question) Borg's stamina decided the match
5.
(intransitive; foll by for or against) to pronounce a formal verdict
Word Origin
C14: from Old French decider, from Latin dēcīdere, literally: to cut off, from caedere to cut
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Word Origin and History for decides

decide

v.

late 14c., "to settle a dispute," from Old French decider, from Latin decidere "to decide, determine," literally "to cut off," from de- "off" (see de-) + caedere "to cut" (see -cide). For Latin vowel change, see acquisition. Sense is of resolving difficulties "at a stroke." Meaning "to make up one's mind" is attested from 1830. Related: Decided; deciding.

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