decide - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participledeciding
past tensedecided
past participledecided
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a choice about what you are going to do
    decide to do something:

    He decided to stay and see what would happen.

    decide (that):

    I decided that it would be best to tell George everything.

    decide what/whether/how/when/where etc:

    I can’t decide what to do.

    She needs to decide whether or not she wants to keep the house.

    decide between:

    Julia has to decide between being an architect or a novelist.

    decide for yourself (=make a choice yourself and not ask or allow someone else to do it for you):

    ‘We think people should have the opportunity to decide for themselves what they want.’

    1. a.
      [transitive] to influence someone so that they make a particular choice

      What finally decided me was the location.

      decide someone to do something:

      That decided me to finally leave my job.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to produce a particular result

    Today’s match will decide the championship.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to consider something carefully and officially state what should be done about it

    It could take months before this case is decided.

    The matter will be decided by a government tribunal.

    decide against/in favour of someone:

    The court decided against Mrs McLaughlin.

    If the committee decides in his favour, he will be a very rich man.