American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To settle conclusively all contention or uncertainty about: decide a case; decided the dispute in favor of the workers.
- v. To make up one's mind about: decide what to do.
- v. To influence or determine the outcome of: A few votes decided the election.
- v. To cause to make or reach a decision.
- v. To pronounce a judgment; announce a verdict.
- v. To make up one's mind.
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.
- v. transitive To resolve (a contest, problem, dispute, etc.); to choose, determine, or settle.
- v. intransitive To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.
- v. transitive To cause someone to come to a decision.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To cut off; to separate.
- 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.
- v. To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision.
- 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
- From French décider or Latin dēcīdere, infintive of dēcīdō ("cut off, decide"), from dē ("down from") + caedō ("cut"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“The word decide comes from the Latin verb decidere, which means “to cut off.””
“Politico reports that top Republicans and Democrats are quietly lining up to run for the office — should Palin decide not to.”
“But, should Palin decide to launch a presidential campaign, would she be a formidable opponent against President Obama?”
“Let's jsut go over the arguments one more time one by one and you just do what you decide is right.”
“I think that pretty much sums up the campaign slogan for anyone else -- Republican or Democrat -- should Sarah Palin decide to run for president.”
“What posterity will have to decide is whether any of it means anything -- or if its greatness might reside in its daring refusal to mean.”
“What a woman and her doctor decide is best is no concern of others, regardless who pays for what, it is irrelevant.”
“So he has to decide is Khan going to be a lead or supportive.”
“The shock wears off quickly when Alec and Kevin decide that Jennica will like two Dom masters much better than one.”
“The question to decide is if the computer is a door you left unlocked in case some friends (peers) stopped by, which is opaque but will easily allow inspection if it is opened, or a doorman at a party consenting to access by police even if you may not have invited them in as the owner of the house.”
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