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de·cide

 (dĭ-sīd′)
v. de·cid·ed, de·cid·ing, de·cides
v.tr.
1.
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).
2. To settle conclusively all contention or uncertainty about: decide a case; decided the dispute in favor of the workers.
3. To influence or determine the outcome of: A few votes decided the election.
v.intr.
1. To pronounce a judgment; announce a verdict.
2. To reach a decision; make up one's mind.

[Middle 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.]

de·cid·a·bil′i·ty n.
de·cid′a·ble adj.
de·cid′er n.
Synonyms: decide, determine, settle, rule, conclude, resolve
These verbs mean to come to a decision about. Decide has the broadest range: The judge will decide the case on its merits. We decided to postpone our vacation for a week.
Determine has a similar range but often involves somewhat narrower issues: The doctor determined the cause of the infection. The jury will determine the fate of the defendant.
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.

decide

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

de•cide

(dɪˈsaɪd)

v. -cid•ed, -cid•ing. v.t.
1. to solve or conclude (a dispute) by awarding victory to one side: to decide a case in favor of the plaintiff.
2. to determine or settle (something in dispute): to decide an argument.
3. to bring (a person) to a decision; persuade or convince: What decided you to take the job?
v.i.
4. to settle something in dispute or doubt.
5. to come to a conclusion.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French decider < Latin dēcīdere literally, to cut off]
de•cid′a•ble, adj.
de•cid′er, n.
syn: decide, resolve, determine imply settling something in dispute or doubt. To decide is to make up one's mind after consideration: I decided to go to the party. To resolve is to settle conclusively with firmness of purpose: She resolved to ask for a promotion. To determine is to settle after investigation or observation: It is difficult to determine the best course of action.

decide


Past participle: decided
Gerund: deciding

Imperative
decide
decide
Present
I decide
you decide
he/she/it decides
we decide
you decide
they decide
Preterite
I decided
you decided
he/she/it decided
we decided
you decided
they decided
Present Continuous
I am deciding
you are deciding
he/she/it is deciding
we are deciding
you are deciding
they are deciding
Present Perfect
I have decided
you have decided
he/she/it has decided
we have decided
you have decided
they have decided
Past Continuous
I was deciding
you were deciding
he/she/it was deciding
we were deciding
you were deciding
they were deciding
Past Perfect
I had decided
you had decided
he/she/it had decided
we had decided
you had decided
they had decided
Future
I will decide
you will decide
he/she/it will decide
we will decide
you will decide
they will decide
Future Perfect
I will have decided
you will have decided
he/she/it will have decided
we will have decided
you will have decided
they will have decided
Future Continuous
I will be deciding
you will be deciding
he/she/it will be deciding
we will be deciding
you will be deciding
they will be deciding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been deciding
you have been deciding
he/she/it has been deciding
we have been deciding
you have been deciding
they have been deciding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been deciding
you will have been deciding
he/she/it will have been deciding
we will have been deciding
you will have been deciding
they will have been deciding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been deciding
you had been deciding
he/she/it had been deciding
we had been deciding
you had been deciding
they had been deciding
Conditional
I would decide
you would decide
he/she/it would decide
we would decide
you would decide
they would decide
Past Conditional
I would have decided
you would have decided
he/she/it would have decided
we would have decided
you would have decided
they would have decided
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.decide - reach, make, or come to a decision about somethingdecide - reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
measure, measure out, mensurate - determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of; "Measure the length of the wall"
choose, pick out, select, take - pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; "Take any one of these cards"; "Choose a good husband for your daughter"; "She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her"
will - determine by choice; "This action was willed and intended"
seal - decide irrevocably; "sealing dooms"
purpose, resolve - reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again"
decree, rule - decide with authority; "The King decreed that all firstborn males should be killed"
orientate, orient - determine one's position with reference to another point; "We had to orient ourselves in the forest"
adjudicate, try, judge - put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of; "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"
govern, regularise, regularize, regulate, order - bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
2.decide - bring to an enddecide - bring to an end; settle conclusively; "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"
terminate, end - bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"
judge - determine the result of (a competition)
adjust - decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
3.decide - cause to decide; "This new development finally decided me!"
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
4.decide - influence or determine; "The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"
shape, determine, influence, regulate, mold - shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"

decide

verb
1. make a decision, make up your mind, reach or come to a decision, end, choose, determine, purpose, elect, conclude, commit yourself, come to a conclusion I can't decide what to do.
make a decision hesitate, falter, dither (chiefly Brit.), fluctuate, vacillate, seesaw, blow hot and cold (informal), be indecisive, hum and haw, be unable to decide, shillyshally (informal), swither (Scot.)
2. resolve, answer, determine, settle, conclude, decree, clear up, ordain, adjudicate, adjudge, arbitrate This is a question that should be decided by government.
3. settle, determine, conclude, resolve The goal that decided the match came just before half-time.

decide

verb
1. To make a decision about (a controversy or dispute, for example) after deliberation, as in a court of law:
2. To make up or cause to make up one's mind:
Translations
قرريُقَرِّرُيُقَرِّريُقَرِّر، يَبُتُّ
rozhodnoutpřimět
afgørebesluttebestemme sig for
päättääratkaista
odlučiti
eldöntdönt
ákveîagera út um
決する決める決定する解決する
결심하다
nutarti
izlemtizšķirtizšķirtiesnolemt
convingedecide
odločiti se
bestämma
ตัดสินใจ
karar vermekbelirlemek
quyết định

decide

[dɪˈsaɪd]
A. VT (gen) → decidir
to decide where to go/what to dodecidir adónde ir/qué hacer
to decide to do sthdecidir hacer algo
it was decided thatse decidió que
that decided meeso me convenció
B. VIdecidir, decidirse
to decide against sthdecidirse en contra de algo
to decide against doing sthdecidirse en contra de hacer algo, decidir no hacer algo
to decide for or in favour of sbdecidirse por algn, decidir a favor de algn
to decide in favour of sthdecidirse por algo
to decide in favour of doing sthdeterminar or resolver hacer algo
the judge decided in his favourel juez decidió or resolvió a su favor
decide on VI + PREP to decide on sthdecidirse por algo
to decide on doing sthdecidir hacer algo

decide

[dɪˈsaɪd]
vt
(= make the decision) [person] → décider
to decide to do sth → décider de faire qch
I decided to write to her → J'ai décidé de lui écrire.
I decided not to go → J'ai décidé de ne pas y aller.
to make sb decide to do sth → décider qn à faire qch
What made you decide to get married? → Qu'est-ce qui t'a décidé à te marier?
I can't decide whether to ... → je n'arrive pas à me décider à ...
I can't decide whether to go or not → Je n'arrive pas à me décider à y aller ou pas.
(= come to the conclusion) to decide that ... → en conclure que ...
[+ question, argument] → trancher, régler
I couldn't decide whether he was insane or stupid
BUT Je me demandais s'il était fou ou stupide.
(legally) [+ sentence] → décider de; [+ case] → trancher
Her age would be considered when deciding her sentence → Son âge serait pris en considération pour décider de sa peine.
[+ person] → décider
to decide sb to do sth (= lead) → décider qn à faire qch
vi (= reach a decision) → se décider
I can't decide → Je n'arrive pas à me décider.
Haven't you decided yet? → Tu ne t'es pas encore décidé?
to decide against doing sth → décider de ne pas faire qch
to decide in favour of doing sth → décider de faire qch
decide on
vt [one person] → se décider pour; [more than one person] → se mettre d'accord sur
They haven't decided on a name yet → Ils ne se sont pas encore mis d'accord sur un nom.
to decide on doing sth → décider de faire qch

decide

vt
(= come to a decision)(sich) entscheiden; (= take it into one’s head)beschließen, sich entschließen; what did you decide? (yes or no) → wie habt ihr euch entschieden?; (what measures) → was habt ihr beschlossen?; did you decide anything?habt ihr irgendwelche Entscheidungen getroffen?; you must decide what to dodu musst (dich) entscheiden, was du tun willst; you can’t suddenly decide you’re going to leave homedu kannst nicht plötzlich beschließen, dass du einfach von zu Hause weggehst; I have decided we are making a big mistakeich bin zu der Ansicht gekommen, dass wir einen großen Fehler machen; I’ll decide what we do!ich bestimme, was wir tun!; she always wants to decide everythingsie will immer alles bestimmen; the car seems to have decided it’s not going to startdas Auto scheint beschlossen zu haben, nicht anzuspringen; the weather hasn’t decided what it’s going to do yetdas Wetter hat (sich) noch nicht entschlossen, was es will
(= settle) question, war etcentscheiden; to decide somebody’s fatejds Schicksal bestimmen, (über) jds Schicksal entscheiden
to decide somebody to do somethingjdn veranlassen, etw zu tun; that eventually decided medas hat schließlich für mich den Ausschlag gegeben
vi(sich) entscheiden; I don’t know, YOU decideich weiß nicht, entscheiden or bestimmen SIE!; I don’t know, I can’t decideich kann mich nicht entscheiden; to decide for/ against something(sich) für/gegen etw entscheiden; to decide for or in favour (Brit) or favor (US) of/against somebody (Jur) → zu jds Gunsten/Ungunsten or für/gegen jdn entscheiden

decide

[dɪˈsaɪd]
1. vt (question, argument) → decidere, risolvere; (person) → far prendere una decisione a
to decide to do sth → decidere di fare qc, decidersi a fare qc
to decide that → decidere che
2. videcidere, decidersi
to decide for or in favour of sb → decidere a favore di qn
to decide on/against sth → optare per/contro qc
to decide on doing sth → scegliere or decidere di fare qc
to decide against doing sth → decidere di non fare qc

decide

(diˈsaid) verb
1. to (cause to) make up one's mind. I have decided to retire; What decided you against going?
2. to settle or make the result (of something) etc certain. The last goal decided the match.

decide

يُقَرِّرُ rozhodnout (se) beslutte entscheiden (sich) αποφασίζω decidir päättää décider odlučiti decidere 決定する 결심하다 beslissen bestemme zdecydować decidir решать bestämma ตัดสินใจ karar vermek quyết định 决定

decide

vt. decidir, determinar.
References in classic literature ?
It's like other people, you know, and I always envy girls who do such things, I'm so fond of luxury," said Meg, trying to decide which of two shabby gowns was the least shabby.
Come, Tom, reconsider, and decide to make the trip.
It will be easy to decide all that, Emmaline,' said grandfather quietly.
Perhaps the rapidity of the changes from one of these paces to the other created an optical illusion, which might thus magnify the powers of the beast; for it is certain that Heyward, who possessed a true eye for the merits of a horse, was unable, with his utmost ingenuity, to decide by what sort of movement his pursuer worked his sinuous way on his footsteps with such persevering hardihood.
He thought I was asleep first, but I wasn't, and lay there for hours trying to decide whether that front pattern and the back pattern really did move together or separately.
As to Phoebe's not being a lady, or whether she were a lady or no, it was a point, perhaps, difficult to decide, but which could hardly have come up for judgment at all in any fair and healthy mind.
She had wandered, without rule or guidance, in a moral wilderness, as vast, as intricate, and shadowy as the untamed forest, amid the gloom of which they were now holding a colloquy that was to decide their fate.
Still, they were peasant people, and they hung on to their money by instinct; it was quite in vain that the agent hinted at promptness-- they would see, they would see, they told him, they could not decide until they had had more time.
The fact is," said Marie, "that I haven't a dress in the world that I can wear; and, as I am going to break up the establishment, and go off, next week, I must decide upon something.
Can there not be a government in which the majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience?
When I go out of the house for a walk, uncertain as yet whither I will bend my steps, and submit myself to my instinct to decide for me, I find, strange and whimsical as it may seem, that I finally and inevitably settle southwest, toward some particular wood or meadow or deserted pasture or hill in that direction.
They decide that something is wrong, they can't make out what.