Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To settle conclusively all contention or uncertainty about: decide a case; decided the dispute in favor of the workers.
  • transitive v. To make up one's mind about: decide what to do.
  • transitive v. To influence or determine the outcome of: A few votes decided the election.
  • transitive v. To cause to make or reach a decision.
  • intransitive v. To pronounce a judgment; announce a verdict.
  • intransitive v. To make up one's mind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To resolve (a contest, problem, dispute, etc.); to choose, determine, or settle.
  • v. To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.
  • v. To cause someone to come to a decision.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision.
  • transitive v. To cut off; to separate.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut off; separate.
  • To determine, as a question, controversy, or struggle, by some mode of arbitrament; settle by giving the victory to one side or the other; determine the issue or result of; adjust; conclude; end: as, the court decided the case in favor of the plaintiff; the umpire decided the contest; the fate of the bill is decided.
  • To resolve; determine in the mind: as, he decided to go.
  • To determine; form a definite opinion; come to a conclusion; pronounce a judgment: as, the court decided in favor of the defendant; to decide upon one's course.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. influence or determine
  • v. reach, make, or come to a decision about something
  • v. cause to decide
  • v. bring to an end; settle conclusively

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French décider or Latin dēcīdere, infintive of dēcīdō ("cut off, decide"), from  ("down from") + caedō ("cut"). (Wiktionary)

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