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verb decide pronunciation in American English /dɪˈsaɪd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydecide
he/she/itdecides
present participledeciding
past tensedecided
past participledecided
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  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.
    The committee decided unanimously to accept the offer.
    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 game 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 Senate committee.
    decide against/in favor of someone: The court decided against Mrs. McLaughlin.
    If the committee decides in his favor, he will be a very rich man.

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