Definition of "decide" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cause (a person) to reach a decision (verb)
  • To determine or settle (a contest or question) (verb)
  • To influence decisively the outcome of (a contest or question) (verb)
  • To pronounce a formal verdict (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "decide" in a sentence
  • "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?"