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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.
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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).

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