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Definition of decide verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decide
    he / she / it decides
    past simple decided
    -ing form deciding
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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 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. Thesauruscheatlie trick fool deceive betray conThese words all mean to make someone believe something that is not true, especially in order to get what you want.cheat to make someone believe something that is not true, in order to get money or something else from them:She cheated on her taxes. I was cheated out of my fair share. Cheat also means to act in a dishonest way in order to gain an advantage, especially in a game, competition, or exam:Copying someone else's answers is one kind of cheating.lie to say or write something that you know is not true:He lied about his age. Don't lie to me.trick to make someone believe something that is not true, especially in a skillful way, in order to get what you want:She tricked him into handing over all his savings.fool to make someone believe something that is not true, especially in order to laugh at them or to get what you want:Just don't be fooled by these statistics.deceive to make someone believe something that is not true, especially someone who trusts you, in order to get what you want:I don't know how he deceived me so well.betray to hurt someone who trusts you, especially by deceiving them or not being loyal to them:She felt betrayed when she found out the truth about him.con (informal) to deceive someone, especially in order to get money from them or get them to do something for you:My grandfather was conned out of $10,000 by criminals.which word?Many of these words involve making someone believe something that is not true, but some of them are more disapproving than others. Deceive is probably the worst because people typically deceive friends, relations, and others who know and trust them. People may feel cheated/betrayed by someone in authority whom they trusted to look after their interests. If someone cheats/tricks/fools/cons you, they may get something from you and make you feel stupid. However, someone might fool you just as a joke; and to trick someone is sometimes seen as a skillful thing to do, if the person being tricked is seen as a bad person who deserves it.Patterns to cheat/trick/fool/con somebody out of something to fool/trick/con somebody into doing something to feel cheated/tricked/fooled/deceived/betrayed/conned to fool/deceive yourself to cheat/trick/con your way into something
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] (law) to make an official or legal judgment decide something The case will be decided by a jury. decide for/in favor of somebody decide in somebody's favor The court of appeals decided in their favor. 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 someone does something For most customers, price is the deciding factor.
  5. Word Familydecide verbdecision noun (indecision)decisive adjective (indecisive)undecided adjectivedecide verbdecision noun (indecision)decisive adjective (indecisive)undecided adjective Phrasal Verbsdecide on/upon something
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