Definition of decide verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    decide

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    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decide
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪd//
     
    he / she / it decides
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪdz//
     
    past simple decided
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪdɪd//
     
    past participle decided
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form deciding
    BrE BrE//dɪˈsaɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsaɪdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to think carefully about the different possibilities that are available and choose one of them It's up to you to decide. I can't tell you what to do—you'll have to decide for yourself. decide between A and B It was difficult to decide between the two candidates. decide against something They decided against taking legal action. decide what, whether, etc… I can't decide what to wear. She couldn’t decide whether he was telling the truth or not. decide (that)… She decided (that) she wanted to live in France. decide to do something We've decided not to go away after all. Why did you decide to look for a new job? decide something We might be hiring more people but nothing has been decided yet. it is decided (that)… It was decided (that) the school should purchase new software. More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] (law) to make an official or legal judgement decide something The case will be decided by a jury. decide for/in favour of somebody | decide in somebody’s favour The Appeal Court decided in their favour. decide against somebody It is always possible that the judge may decide against you.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] to affect the result of something decide (something) A mixture of skill and good luck decided the outcome of the game. decide if, whether, etc… A number of factors decide whether a movie will be successful or not.
  4. 4[transitive] to be the reason why somebody does something For most customers, price is the deciding factor. decide somebody (to do something) They offered me free accommodation for a year, and that decided me.
  5. Word Familydecide verbdecision noun (indecision)decisive adjective (indecisive)undecided adjective Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘bring to a settlement’): from French décider, from Latin decidere ‘determine’, from de- ‘off’ + caedere ‘cut’.Extra examples I can’t decide what to do. It was difficult to decide between the various options. She should be allowed to decide for herself. The committee will have the task of deciding whether more cash should be made available. The exact time of the meeting is still to be decided. They decided against taking legal action They decided in favour of reducing the fees. They had unanimously decided to go with the captain’s plan. We finally decided to stay where we were. We’ve reluctantly decided to sell the house. You will have to decide soon. He challenged her right as governor to decide on the matter. I can’t tell you what to do - you’ll have to decide for yourself. In the end, price was the deciding factor. It’s time to decide whether you want to continue. It’s up to you to decide. That decided it for me: I wasn’t carrying my bike back up those stairs. We might be hiring new people but nothing has been decided yet. We’ve decided not to go away after all. You choose - I can’t decide. Phrasal Verbsdecide on something
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