To decide is to make up your mind to do (or not do) something. People decide hundreds of things a day, from what to eat to what TV shows to watch.

Deciding involves making decisions — choosing what to do. There are a lot of things in life to decide, such as where to live, what school to go to, where to apply for a job, and what kind of clothes to buy and wear. At any restaurant, there are hundreds of options: you have to decide which is right for you. You can also say that if a touchdown ended a game, it decided the game.

Definitions of decide

v reach, make, or come to a decision about something

“We finally decided after lengthy deliberations”
determine, make up one's mind
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measure, measure out, mensurate
determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives
determine by choice
decide irrevocably
purpose, resolve
reach a decision
decree, rule
decide with authority
orient, orientate
determine one's position with reference to another point
adjudicate, judge, try
put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of
govern, order, regularise, regularize, regulate
bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
standardise, standardize
cause to conform to standard or norm
empanel, impanel, panel
select from a list
measure the altitude of by using a sextant
measure by using trigonometry
caliper, calliper
measure the diameter of something with calipers
choose by or as if by divine intervention
select (a team or individual player) for a game
sieve, sift
distinguish and separate out
select or take in from a given group or region
choose by means of a dial
go, plump
give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
select carefully from a group
excerpt, extract, take out
take out of a literary work in order to cite or copy
cull out, winnow
select desirable parts from a group or list
cream off, skim off
pick the best
pick over, sieve out
separate or remove
assign, set apart, specify
select something or someone for a specific purpose
single out
select from a group
override, overrule, overthrow, overturn, reverse
rule against
think of
choose in one's mind
measure the caliber of
define, determine, fix, limit, set, specify
decide upon or fix definitely
rule in, rule out
include or exclude by determining judicially or in agreement with rules
guide, guide on
use as a guide
reorient, reorientate
orient once again, after a disorientation
adopt, espouse, follow
choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans
screen, screen out, sieve, sort
examine in order to test suitability
vote in
elect in a voting process
select by a vote for an office or membership
nominate, propose
put forward; nominate for appointment to an office or for an honor or position
express one's preference for a candidate or for a measure or resolution; cast a vote
subject to trial by court-martial
district, zone
regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns

v influence or determine

“The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election”
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determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape
shape or influence; give direction to

v bring to an end; settle conclusively

“The case was decided
“The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff”
adjudicate, resolve, settle
determine the result of (a competition)
decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
referee, umpire
be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
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end, terminate
bring to an end or halt

v cause to decide

“This new development finally decided me!”
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cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate
cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

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