decide

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See also: décide and décidé

English[edit]

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From Old French decider, from Latin dēcīdere, infintive of dēcīdō (cut off, decide), from (down from) + caedō (cut).

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decide (third-person singular simple present decides, present participle deciding, simple past and past participle decided)

  1. (transitive) To resolve (a contest, problem, dispute, etc.); to choose, determine, or settle.
    The election will be decided on foreign policies.
    We must decide our next move.
    Her last-minute goal decided the game.
    • Shakespeare
      The quarrel toucheth none but us alone; / Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then.
  2. (intransitive) To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.
    You must decide between good and evil.
    I have decided that it is healthier to walk to work.
    • Bible, 1 Kings xx. 40
      So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.
  3. (transitive) To cause someone to come to a decision.
    • 1920, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Three Gables" (Norton edition, 2005, p. 1537),
      It decides me to look into the matter, for if it is worth anyone's while to take so much trouble, there must be something in it.
  4. (obsolete) To cut off; to separate.
    • Fuller
      Our seat denies us traffic here; / The sea, too near, decides us from the rest.

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Asturian[edit]

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decide

  1. third-person singular present indicative of decidir

Interlingua[edit]

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decide

  1. present of decider
  2. imperative of decider

Italian[edit]

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decide

  1. Third-person singular present indicative of decidere

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Latin[edit]

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dēcīde

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of dēcīdō

Portuguese[edit]

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decide

  1. third-person singular present indicative of decidir
  2. second-person singular imperative of decidir

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French décider < Latin decido.

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a decide (third-person singular present decide, past participle decis3rd conj.

  1. to decide

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Spanish[edit]

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decide

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of decidir.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of decidir.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of decidir.