Meaning of “decide” in the English Dictionary

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"decide" in British English

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decideverb

uk /dɪˈsaɪd/ us /dɪˈsaɪd/

A2 [ I or T ] to choose something, especially after thinking carefully about several possibilities:

They have to decide by next Friday.
It doesn't matter to me which one we have - you decide.
[ + to infinitive ] In the end, we decided to go to the theatre.
[ + (that) ] She decided (that) she would travel to India.
[ + question word ] I can't decide what to do.
He can't decide whether to buy it.
The committee decided in favour of (= made a formal judgment to choose) the cheapest option.

C2 [ T ] to be the reason or situation that makes a particular result happen:

The weather decided the outcome of the tennis match.
Tim's mistake decided the game (= caused him to lose).

More examples

  • The jury has to decide whether a person is guilty or innocent of a crime.
  • Stand the paintings against the wall while we decide where to hang them.
  • They decided to move abroad and make a fresh start.
  • After a gap of five years, Jennifer decided to go back to work full-time.
  • Have you decided where you're going for your holiday this year?

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “decide” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decide" in American English

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decideverb

us /dɪˈsɑɪd/

to choose between one possibility or another:

[ T ] I decided I would try it.
[ + to infinitive ] In the end, we decided to go to the theater.
[ + question word ] We’re trying to decide how to proceed.
[ + (that) clause ] He decided (that) it was his business.

If something decides a result in a competition, it causes that result:

[ T ] A mistake by our team decided the game against us.

A deciding factor is something so important that it forces a particular decision:

The deciding factor in choosing this school was that it was far from home.

(Definition of “decide” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)