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decide

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Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)
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de=cide
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17 in 17 verses (in OT : 13 in 13 verses) (in NT : 4 in 4 verses)

OXFORD DICTIONARY

decide, v.
1 a intr. (often foll. by on, about) come to a resolution as a result of consideration. b tr. (usu. foll. by to + infin., or that + clause) have or reach as one's resolution about something (decided to stay; decided that we should leave).
2 tr. a cause (a person) to reach a resolution (was unsure about going but the weather decided me). b resolve or settle (a question, dispute, etc.).
3 intr. (usu. foll. by between, for, against, in favour of, or that + clause) give a judgement concerning a matter.

Derivative
decidable adj.
Etymology
ME f. F d{eacute}cider or f. L decidere (as DE-, c{aelig}dere cut)

DEVIL DICTIONARY

decide

v.i. To succumb to the preponderance of one set of influences over another set.


A leaf was riven from a tree,
"I mean to fall to earth," said he.


The west wind, rising, made him veer.
"Eastward," said he, "I now shall steer."


The east wind rose with greater force.
Said he: "'Twere wise to change my course."


With equal power they contend.
He said: "My judgment I suspend."


Down died the winds; the leaf, elate,
Cried: "I've decided to fall straight."


"First thoughts are best?" That's not the moral;
Just choose your own and we'll not quarrel.


Howe'er your choice may chance to fall,
You'll have no hand in it at all.
G.J.

THESAURUS

decide

adjudge, adjudicate, advance, arbitrate, ascertain, assure, bring, call the shots, carry, certify, choose, choose to, cinch, clear up, clinch, command, conclude, conduce to, conjecture, contribute to, control, decide upon, decree, desire, determine, direct, dismiss all doubt, dispose, elect, engage, enlist, ensure, establish, figure, find, find out, fix, forward, gather, get at, get to do, govern, guess, guide, incline, induce, influence, insure, interest in, judge, lead, lead to, lure, make a decision, make certain, make no doubt, make no mistake, make sure, make sure of, nail down, opt for, order, pick out, procure, prompt, purpose, reassure, redound to, referee, regulate, remove all doubt, resolve, rule, seal, see fit, see that, see to it, select, set, set at rest, settle, sort out, subserve, surmise, sway, take a resolution, tempt, think fit, think good, think proper, turn the scale, umpire, wear the pants, will, wish

ROGET THESAURUS

decide

Resolution

VB have determination, know one's own mind, be resolved, make up one's mind, will, resolve, determine, decide, form a determination, come to a determination, come to a resolution, come to a resolve, conclude, fix, seal, determine once for all, bring to a crisis, drive matters to an extremity, take a decisive step, take upon oneself, devote oneself to, give oneself up to, throw away the scabbard, kick down the ladder, nail one's colors to the mast, set one's back against the wall, set one's teeth, put one's foot down, take one's stand, stand firm, steel oneself, stand no nonsense, not listen to the voice of the charmer, buckle to, buckle oneself put one's shoulder to the wheel, lay one's shoulder to the wheel, set one's shoulder to the wheel, put one's heart into, run the gauntlet, make a dash at, take the bull by the horns, rush in medias res, plunge in medias res, go in for, insist upon, make a point of, set one's heart upon, set one's mind upon, stick at nothing, stop at nothing, make short work of, not stick at trifles, go all lengths, go the limit, go the whole hog, persist, go through fire and water, ride the tiger, ride in the whirlwind and direct the storm.

Choice

VB offers one's choice, set before, hold out the alternative, present the alternative, offer the alternative, put to the vote, use option, use discretion, exercise option, exercise discretion, one's option, adopt, take up, embrace, espouse, choose, elect, opt for, take one's choice, make one's choice, make choice of, fix upon, vote, poll, hold up one's hand, divide, settle, decide, list, make up one's mind, select, pick and choose, pick out, single out, cull, glean, winnow, sift the chaff from the wheat, separate the chaff from the wheat, winnow the chaff from the wheat, pick up, pitch upon, pick one's way, indulge one's fancy, set apart, mark out for, mark, prefer, have rather, have as lief, fancy, be persuaded, take a decided step, take a decisive step, commit oneself to a course, pass the Rubicon, cross the Rubicon, cast in one's lot with, take for better or for worse.

Cause

VB be the cause of, originate, give origin to, give rise, to, give occasion to, cause, occasion, sow the seeds of, kindle, suscitate, bring on, bring to bring pass, bring about, produce, create, set up, set afloat, set on foot, found, broach, institute, lay the foundation of, lie at the root of, procure, induce, draw down, open the door to, superinduce, evoke, entail, operate, elicit, provoke, conduce to, contribute, have a hand in the pie, have a finger in the pie, determine, decide, turn the scale, have a common origin, derive its origin.

Certainty

VB be certain, stand to reason, render certain, insure, ensure, assure, clinch, make sure, determine, decide, set at rest, make assurance double sure, know, dogmatize, lay down the law.

Judgment

VB judge, conclude, come to a conclusion, draw a conclusion, arrive at a conclusion, ascertain, determine, make up one's mind, deduce, derive, gather, collect, draw an inference, make a deduction, weet, ween, form an estimate, estimate, appreciate, value, count, assess, rate, rank, account, regard, consider, think of, look upon, review, size up, settle, pass an opinion, give an opinion, decide, try, pronounce, rule, pass judgment, pass sentence, sentence, doom, find, give judgment, deliver judgment, adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, award, report, bring in a verdict, make absolute, set a question at rest, confirm, comment, criticize, kibitz, pass under review, investigate, hold the scales, sit in judgment, try judgment, hear a cause.


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