Definition of decision noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈsɪʒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsɪʒn//
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  1. 1  [countable] decision (on/about something) | decision (to do something) a choice or judgement that you make after thinking and talking about what is the best thing to do to make a decision (= to decide) (British English) to take a decision (= to decide) We need a decision on this by next week. Who took the decision to go ahead with the project? He is really bad at making decisions. We finally reached a decision (= decided after some difficulty). We must come to a decision about what to do next by tomorrow. a big (= an important) decision The final decision is yours. It's a difficult decision for any doctor. The editor's decision is final. Mary is the decision-maker in the house. The decisions by the management committee will affect everyone in the company.
  2. 2(also decisiveness) [uncountable] the ability to decide something clearly and quickly This is not a job for someone who lacks decision. opposite indecision
  3. 3[uncountable] the process of deciding something The moment of decision had arrived. The power of decision remained with the directors.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin decisio(n-), from decidere ‘determine’, from de- ‘off’ + caedere ‘cut’.Word Familydecide verbdecision noun (indecision)decisive adjective (indecisive)undecided adjectiveExtra examples He died after making the fateful decision to drive that evening. Her parents respected her decision not to marry. I didn’t want to influence his decision. I had to make a snap decision about what to do with the money. I need more facts before I can make an informed decision. In a landmark decision, the court agreed to hear evidence from twenty years earlier. In the end, the decision to scrap the project was unanimous. It was a big decision to make. It’s decision time, and deciding is difficult. Key decisions are always taken by the editor. Nobody has the authority to overrule his decision. On Monday, the board of directors will meet to make their final decision. Presidents must make momentous life-and-death decisions while in office. She defended her decision not to give him the job. She now faces the toughest decision of her life. The committee will give us their decision tomorrow. The decision has been made, and we must all abide by it. The decision is irreversible. The management committee upheld her decision to fire two of her staff. The most persuasive talker often dominates the decision process. Tomorrow the board will meet to make their final decision. We need a firm decision by Friday. a decision on her future plans to challenge this decision in the High Court the difficult decision of whether to go to college or nurse her sick mother He is really bad at making decisions. It’s a difficult decision for any doctor. The editor’s decision is final. We finally reached a decision. to make a decision
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