Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Decide \De*cide"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decided; p. pr. & vb. n. Deciding.] [L. dec[=i]dere; de- + caedere to cut, cut off; prob. akin to E. shed, v.: cf. F. d['e]cider. Cf. Decision.]
To cut off; to separate. [Obs.]
Our seat denies us traffic here; The sea, too near, decides us from the rest.
To bring to a termination, as a question, controversy, struggle, by giving the victory to one side or party; to render judgment concerning; to determine; to settle.
So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.
--1 Kings xx. 40.
The quarrel toucheth none but us alone; Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then.
Decide \De*cide"\, v. i. To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision; as, the court decided in favor of the defendant.
Who shall decide, when doctors disagree?
DECIDE is the acronym of a decision-making model that is used in various knowledge and management domains.
- Define the problem
- Establish or Enumerate all the criteria (constraints)
- Consider or Collect all the alternatives
- Identify the best alternative
- Develop and implement a plan of action
- Evaluate and monitor the solution and feedback when necessary
The DECIDE model conceptualizes managerial decision making as a series of six steps. The decision process begins by precisely defining the problem or opportunity, along with the objectives and constraints. Next, the possible decision factors that make up the alternative courses of action (controllable factors) and uncertainties (uncontrollable factors) are enumerated. Then, relevant information on the alternatives and possible outcomes is collected. The next step is to identify and select the best alternative based on chosen criteria or measures of success. Then a detailed plan to develop and implement the alternative selected is developed and put into effect. Last, the outcome of the decision and the decision process itself are evaluated.
bring to an end; settle conclusively; "The case was decided"; "The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance" [syn: settle, resolve, adjudicate]
cause to decide; "This new development finally decided me!"
influence or determine; "The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "to settle a dispute," from Old French decider, from Latin decidere "to decide, determine," literally "to cut off," from de- "off" (see de-) + caedere "to cut" (see -cide). For Latin vowel change, see acquisition. Sense is of resolving difficulties "at a stroke." Meaning "to make up one's mind" is attested from 1830. Related: Decided; deciding.
vb. 1 (context transitive English) To resolve (a contest, problem, dispute, etc.); to choose, determine, or settle. 2 (context intransitive English) To make a judgment, especially after deliberation. 3 (context transitive English) To cause someone to come to a decision. 4 (context obsolete English) To cut off; to separate.
Usage examples of "decide".
The plan of campaign, he decided, had been a great deal too elaborate, and his part looked like a wash-out.
Muravieff has performed in achieving a level of quality education for the inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility, and because he feels she has contributed substantially to the lowest rate of recidivism for a corrections facility in the state and one of the lowest rates in the nation, because Victoria Bannister Muravieff has set a standard for community service under the most difficult of conditions, with a selfless disregard for her own situation and a commitment to the rehabilitation of people the rest of us have given up on long ago, the governor has decided to commute her sentence to time served.
The military junta in Said Ababa had dreams of increasing their own intelligence potential, but when they realized that was out of the question, they decided to see if they could make use of the Clanad.
Our psychic abilities were the principal reason we decided we had to escape from Said Ababa as soon as possible.
Cleggett and Captain Abernethy decided that the vessel, which was stepped for two masts, should be rigged as a schooner.
They blushed so sweetly, and looked so beautifully puzzled and confounded, that it might have been difficult for an abler judge than I was to decide how far they merited the diploma they received.
So we thought a toss of the dice might decide who would be the first to take her abovestairs and prove her a liar.
When Abraham decided to bring Elizabeth home to meet his sickly mother, half expecting her disapproval, but hoping that by convincing her of his happiness she would understand his desire to marry a gentile, he went to see his father.
Nevertheless, not one for extemporaneous invention, Abraham decided to plunge ahead with his original plea for her blessing.
He almost added that he loved Nick Cheshire like a son but decided Abram would never understand what that really meant.
Tired of letting Allan, Edie and Abram decide how far anything should go.
One day he found among his latest batch of captives a young Acholi boy named Haradi, no more than ten years old, and decided to keep him as a personal servant rather than ship him across the ocean.
And because disruptions would count against Acorus in deciding which world would succeed Ifryn in power and glory?
Adams interpreted such feints and maneuvers to mean the real objective was the Hudson, where Howe would join forces with Burgoyne, but then Adams decided an invasion of Philadelphia must be the plan after all.
The great distance separating America from Europe, the inevitable long delay in any communication with Congress, or worse, the complete lack of communication for months at a stretch, would plague both Franklin and Adams their whole time in Europe, and put them at a decided disadvantage in dealing with European ministers, who maintained far closer, more efficient contact.