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Decide appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sue, dice, do, to decide us.
  • Decide by a mere herb if a fibre here may be diced.
  • Wets may decide damp mats I stamp made diced yam stew.
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DECIDE is a horizontally symmetrical word. More symmetrical terms!

Usage statistics for the verb decide:

spoken English39.95%written English60.05% conversational speech33.54%task-oriented speech66.46% imaginative writing53.67%informational writing46.33%
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The word decide is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb decide

What does decide mean as a doing word?

Decide is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: decided | deciding | decides

  1. reach, make, or come to a decision about something
  2. bring to an end; settle conclusively
    • examples: The case was decided | The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of decide: adjudicate / resolve / settle
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
    • more specific words:
      • judge = determine the result of
      • adjust = decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
  3. cause to decide
  4. influence or determine
    • example: The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: determine / influence / mold / regulate / shape = shape or influence

Alternative definition of the verb decide


  1. [transitive] To resolve (a contest, problem, dispute, etc.); to choose, determine, or settle.
  2. [intransitive] To make a judgment, especially after deliberation.
  3. [transitive] To cause someone to come to a decision.


Decide is an unincorporated community within Clinton County, Kentucky, United States. Its post office is closed.


  1. "Decide" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "Decide" a.k.a. "[DECIDE]" is a musical single of Kirito.
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  3. "DECIDE" is a musical single of HΛL.
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  4. "Decide" is a musical single of The Bodines.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  5. "Decide" is a composition.
  6. "Decide" is a musical album of Seventh.


"Decide" is a book written by Steve McClatchy.


Decide a.k.a. Decide! was an Italian libertarian political association established and led by Daniele Capezzone.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Decide

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Google previewEnglish Synonyms Explained, in Alphabetical Order (1818)

With Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers by George Crabb

Decide and determine are both employed in matters relating to ourselves or others; conclude is employed in matters that respect the parties only who conclude. As it respects others, to decide is an act of greater authority than to determine: a ...

Google previewStates of Consciousness (2007)

Models for Psychology and Psychotherapy by Andrzej Kokoszka

This was formulated through close contact with other people: “The ability to decide is the fundamental attribute of life. Helping a friend, someone's good work, etc., brought back the ability to make choices. The one that brought help eased the ...

Google previewEducation, Society and Human Nature (RLE Edu K) (2012)

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education by Anthony O'Hear

The important thing to decide is the type of up- bringing appropriate for our children.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of American Law (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

In some instances, where emergency orders are requested by a party, a court may issue the orders and later decide whether it has jurisdiction over the dispute. In such a situation, if the court decides it has no jurisdiction, it will vacate any ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

gloss deceptive talk humbug deceptive trick ruse, sleight decide conclude, determine, judge, opt, purpose, resolve, settle decide a dispute arbitrate decided absolute, categorical, certain, definite, distinct, emphatic, express, positive, resolute, ...

Google previewTo the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing (2014)

by Robert Hartwell Fiske

agree/compromise/concur/decide/resolve/ settle. • An attorney representing Eastern said the airline wants to reach an accord with the American Society ...

Google previewCareer Discovery Encyclopedia (2009)

by Ferguson

This group of skills lets you decide how to use these things. Some people are skilled ...

Google previewMongolian-English Dictionary (2013)

by Ferdinand D Lessing

To decide, make up one's mind, resolve. z¢blen ~-ky. To decide after discussion; to be decided in council. s1 IDAM / mJ/IWIAM [ = sigidam, sidam ] n. Club (a weapon of wood or metal).

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Usage statistics about decide

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb decide:

spoken English39.95%written English60.05% conversational speech33.54%task-oriented speech66.46% imaginative writing53.67%informational writing46.33%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb decide:


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Quotes about Decide

Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues. (George Will)
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Scrabble value of D2E1C3I1D2E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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