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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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