Definitions for: Decide


[v] reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
[v] bring to an end; settle conclusively, as of a conflict; "The case was decided"; "The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"
[v] cause to decide; "This new development finally decided me!"
[v] influence or determine; "The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"



Webster (1913) Definition: De*cide", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decided; p. pr. & vb.
n. Deciding.] [L. dec[=i]dere; de- + caedere to cut, cut
off; prob. akin to E. shed, v.: cf. F. d['e]cider. Cf.
Decision.]
1. To cut off; to separate. [Obs.]

Our seat denies us traffic here; The sea, too near,
decides us from the rest. --Fuller.

2. To bring to a termination, as a question, controversy,
struggle, by giving the victory to one side or party; to
render judgment concerning; to determine; to settle.

So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.
--1 Kings xx.
40.

The quarrel toucheth none but us alone; Betwixt
ourselves let us decide it then. --Shak.


De*cide", v. i.
To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a
conclusion; to give decision; as, the court decided in favor
of the defendant.

Who shall decide, when doctors disagree? --Pope.

Synonyms: determine, make up one's mind, settle

See Also: adjudicate, adjust, cause, choose, debate, decide, decree, deliberate, end, get, govern, have, induce, influence, judge, make, measure, measure out, mensurate, mold, order, orient, orientate, pick out, purpose, regularize, regulate, resolve, rule, seal, select, shape, stimulate, take, terminate, try, will

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