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English verb: decide

1. decide (cognition) reach, make, or come to a decision about something

SamplesWe finally decided after lengthy deliberations.

ExamplesThey decide to move

Synonymsdetermine, make up one's mind

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)adjudicate, choose, decree, govern, judge, measure, measure out, mensurate, order, orient, orientate, pick out, purpose, regularise, regularize, regulate, resolve, rule, seal, select, take, try, will

Entaildebate, deliberate

2. decide (cognition) bring to an end; settle conclusively

SamplesThe case was decided.
The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff.
The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance.

Synonymsadjudicate, resolve, settle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

Narrower (hyponym)adjust, judge

3. decide (cognition) cause to decide

SamplesThis new development finally decided me!.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate

Causedecide, determine, make up one's mind

4. decide (cognition) influence or determine

SamplesThe vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape

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