Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: décider, from Latin decidere 'to cut off, decide'


de‧cide S1 W1
1 [intransitive and transitive] to make a choice or judgment about something, especially after considering all the possibilities or arguments [↪ decision]:
Has anything been decided yet?
decide to do something
Tina's decided to go to Rome for her holidays.
decide (that)
It was decided that four hospitals should close.
decide who/what/whether etc
I can't decide whether I like him or not.
People have a right to decide how to spend their own money.
decide between something
A meeting was called to decide between the three candidates.
decide for yourself (=make your own decision)
You must decide for yourself.
The trainees decide among themselves what programs to take.
decide against/in favour of (doing) something
He eventually decided against telling her.
After a long discussion, they decided in favour of (=chose) the older applicant.
2 [transitive] to influence a situation or event so that a particular result is produced:
It was the penalty kick that decided the match.
3 [transitive] to be the reason for someone making a particular choice:
Taxes could be the deciding factor for millions of floating voters.
decide somebody to do something
The look he gave her decided her not to ask.
4 [intransitive and transitive] law to make an official or legal judgment:
The Commission will have the power to decide disputes.
decide in favour of/against somebody
If the Parole Board decides in his favour, the prisoner will be released.

decide on/upon something

phrasal verb
to choose something or someone after thinking carefully:
Have you decided on a date for the wedding?

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