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[dih-sahy-ding] /dɪˈsaɪ dɪŋ/
that settles a question or dispute or leads to a final decision; determining; decisive:
the deciding vote; The weather will be the deciding factor as to whether we have the picnic or not.
1650-60; decide + -ing2
Related forms
decidingly, adverb


[dih-sahyd] /dɪˈsaɪd/
verb (used with object), decided, deciding.
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.
to determine or settle (something in dispute or doubt):
to decide an argument.
to bring (a person) to a decision; persuade or convince:
The new evidence decided him.
verb (used without object), decided, deciding.
to settle something in dispute or doubt:
The judge decided in favor of the plaintiff.
to make a judgment or determine a preference; come to a conclusion.
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.
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. Unabridged
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  • We may succeed in provisionally terminating the sum of energy of our waking thoughts by deciding to go to sleep.
  • It seems to me that there is no difficulty in deciding it.
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  • At other times, the subject seems eminently worthy, but deciding on the approach confounds the imagination.
  • So nobody's deciding whether it's a good day to forage.
British Dictionary definitions for deciding


(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
(transitive) to cause (a person) to reach a decision: the weather decided me against going
(transitive) to determine or settle (a contest or question): he decided his future plans
(transitive) to influence decisively the outcome of (a contest or question): Borg's stamina decided the match
(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 deciding



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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