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decide

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be a matter for sb (to decide) (=be something that a particular person should decide)
▪ This is a matter for the judge.
decide on a date (=choose the date when something will happen)
▪ Have you decided on a date for the wedding yet?
decide/determine the outcome (=be the thing that causes the final result)
▪ This move untimately decided the outcome of the conflict.
▪ At the leadership elections today, it is their votes that will determine the outcome.
decide/settle sb’s/sth’s fate
▪ The meeting will decide the fate of the factory.
▪ The court’s decision settled Anderson’s fate.
decide/settle/resolve an issue (=solve it)
▪ The issue was settled after some tough negotiations.
▪ No deadline has been set to resolve the issue.
determine/decide the course of sth
▪ Don’t let chance decide the course of your career.
the deciding factor (=the reason for making a particular choice)
▪ The closeness of the river was probably the deciding factor when the site was chosen.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
already
▪ The B &038; Q chain has already decided to do so, and Texas Homecare is likely to follow suit.
▪ Others said they have already decided who will get their vote, and the vice presidential selection will not sway their opinion.
▪ Governments have already decided that they can not accept a free currency market.
▪ Fifi had already decided on her baby doll and Carla was going through her private box of jewelry and mementos.
▪ But Hanger had already decided to go back to his prison at Grendon near Aylesbury.
▪ I have already decided to work only four days each week.
▪ Expert groups in many Western countries have already decided to lobby for changes towards a healthier lifestyle without waiting for results.
▪ Paquita had already decided something I was only beginning to imagine.
finally
▪ Both the compromise issue and the cancellation issue were therefore finally decided by the Court of Appeal.
▪ Merrell Dow finally decided the cost of defending itself outweighed the revenue produced by sales of the drug.
▪ This can not be decided finally by the tribunal itself.
▪ She finally decided on the ham, potato salad and deviled eggs.
▪ She finally decided that she would go down to the garden and take a closer look.
▪ Driven to distraction by Rampo, I finally decided to abandon him.
▪ It was during that period that I finally decided to quit.
▪ I finally decided to hide from the world one more night with her, and the morning be damned.
how
▪ But before raising the money you must decide how much work you are going to do yourself.
▪ People had a right to decide how to spend their money rather than the government.
▪ Candidates, not networks, should decide how to communicate with citizens, the Kentucky Republican said.
▪ From that you will develop a training strategy and then be responsible for deciding how to implement that strategy.
▪ Who gave them the privilege not of working but of deciding how to?
▪ A committee decides how money is distributed but members can choose charities they want to support.
▪ Who decides how resources and goods will be distributed? 5.
■ NOUN
case
▪ If the ombudsman decides the case should be examined, investigators will get to work.
▪ As a result, it decided to review the case on its own motion.
▪ The examining magistrate will decide to send the case to trial, except when proof of innocence is clear.
▪ The illusion that juries are deciding our civil cases is encouraged by the judges themselves.
▪ At the end of the police investigation the suspect must be taken before a prosecutor who decides how the case should proceed.
▪ But then the justices, in turn, would have to accelerate their process to decide the case before their summer recess.
court
▪ The alternative would be for the Court of Appeal to decide all the matters before it.
▪ If two laws conflict with each other, the courts must decide on the operation of each.
▪ The question of reasonableness would be for the court to decide.
▪ This requirement was the issue in Wilson; the court was asked to decide whether there was a valid offer and acceptance.
▪ Although Faulkner wanted a guarantee that the agreement was constitutionally sound, he was told the Supreme Court would decide.
▪ The Supreme Court is expected to decide later this year whether to hear arguments in the case.
▪ Supreme Court cases were decided differently.
▪ Until the courts do decide these issues, educators are probably best advised to follow the federal guidelines described above.
fate
▪ His luck was in, at least for the moment, but he had already decided not to tempt fate again.
▪ And it seemed right that she should be the one to decide my fate.
▪ Now, it seems, they will decide the fate of his government.
▪ As in most fields, a group of senior people decides the professional fate of everyone, Strominger said.
▪ The next few days could decide the fate of thousands of hard-pressed workers, home owners and firms.
▪ They said public comment will help decide the fate of Fanita Ranch, which covers one-quarter of the city.
▪ It would hand over its property to its constituent republican bodies to decide their fate independently.
▪ An egm to decide the company's fate will be held on Thursday.
issue
▪ She did not admit to herself that to leave it was also to decide the issue in advance.
▪ He may agree, and he is often the one who decides what issues will be dealt with and when.
▪ But late last month, Eckels said he wanted voters to have to decide the issue.
▪ Otherwise, Nero will play at the computer while forests burn, and sentiment rather than science will decide the issue.
▪ In early spring, 1861, the new Confederate government decided to force the issue.
▪ It would be deciding the issue in advance, if she took it.
▪ However, league and player representatives ultimately will decide the issue.
matter
▪ The alternative would be for the Court of Appeal to decide all the matters before it.
▪ It was finally decided to refer the matter to the departmental assemblies.
▪ Under the Bill there will be problems deciding whether the matter has local or national significance.
▪ Although his ministers were never permitted to decide matters on their own account, Victor Amadeus delegated wide administrative powers to them.
▪ It is for individual members and their firms to decide what subject matter is useful and relevant to their needs.
▪ Yet of myself I can not decide the matter.
▪ One tactic she has used is to decide matters outside the formal Cabinet, either in committees or in informal groups.
▪ George Pataki asked Hill to give the governor some time to decide the matter.
■ VERB
help
▪ Assessing this potential helps the practitioner to decide how best to work with an elder when some breakdown in routine occurs.
▪ It will help him decide, make it real, set this one thing, a place, in his near future.
▪ So they won't even be of any use in helping them decide which subjects to specialise in.
▪ And Sandy helped me decide that I was gon na get it straight.
▪ All these questions can help you decide whether the ad is right or whether it needs changing.
▪ Maybe the headship qualification will help me to decide.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
say/think/decide etc otherwise
▪ But he knew that people thought otherwise, and that their false impression was his own fault.
▪ But I wanted to have it on the record, in case any of you think otherwise.
▪ Donald thinks otherwise - and the upshot may be that he will sue.
▪ Many might seek to use the asylum route and, indeed, it would be naive to think otherwise.
▪ People think otherwise, surely, from politicians: more simply, about horror, fear, survival?
▪ The rich supposedly think otherwise -- and manage to pay very little.
▪ To say otherwise would be bitterness and we know better than to surrender.
▪ To think otherwise, it seems, is to reveal oneself as an ignoramus who does not know enough characters.
sb has decided to honour us with their presence
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A 3-point basket in the final 5 seconds decided the game.
▪ Citizens must be allowed to decide their own futures.
▪ For a second he thought about using his gun, but decided against it.
▪ Have you decided whether to apply for that job?
▪ I've decided that I really must stop smoking.
▪ I don't mind which restaurant we go to. You decide.
▪ I listened to his story and decided he was probably telling the truth.
▪ I was so tired that I decided against going to the party after all.
▪ If you decide not to accept our offer, let me know.
▪ Martha took hours deciding which dress to wear.
▪ She decided to tell her mother all about it that evening.
▪ She couldn't decide whether the dress suited her or not.
▪ We'll support you whatever you decide.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ In the end I decided against it.
▪ It is the children who decide what they will communicate about.
▪ Or maybe you saw too much emotion around you and decided to avoid it to stay safe.
▪ She decided she could live on her reserves for a few hours, and went back to the hospital.
▪ The Court of Appeal had two reasons for deciding that Rule 1 did not apply.
▪ The parents decided that Sean might be more successful elsewhere, so they enrolled him in a recommended local private school.
▪ When you go to a place called Texas Bone, deciding what to order becomes a moot point.
▪ Wyatt decided to change the subject.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Decide

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.]

  1. To cut off; to separate. [Obs.]

    Our seat denies us traffic here; The sea, too near, decides us from the rest.
    --Fuller.

  2. 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.
    --Shak.

Decide

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?
--Pope.

Wikipedia

DECIDE

DECIDE is the acronym of a decision-making model that is used in various knowledge and management domains.

  1. Define the problem
  2. Establish or Enumerate all the criteria (constraints)
  3. Consider or Collect all the alternatives
  4. Identify the best alternative
  5. Develop and implement a plan of action
  6. 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.

WordNet

decide

  1. v. reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations" [syn: make up one's mind, determine]

  2. 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]

  3. cause to decide; "This new development finally decided me!"

  4. influence or determine; "The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

decide

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.

Wiktionary

decide

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.