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“decision” in English

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uk /dɪˈsɪʒ.ən/ us /dɪˈsɪʒ.ən/

decision noun (CHOICE)

B1 [ C ] a choice that you make about something after thinking about several possibilities:

She has had to make some very difficult decisions.
The company will reach/come to/make a decision shortly.
Let me have a/your decision (= tell me what you have decided) by next week.
[ + to infinitive ] It was his decision to leave.
The decision about/on whether he is innocent or guilty rests with the jury.
We need to take a lot of factors into account in our decision-making.
[ + that ] I accepted his decision that he wished to die with dignity.

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

“decision” in American English

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decisionnoun [ C ]

us /dɪˈsɪʒ·ən/

something you choose; a choice:

The board will make its decision shortly.
[ + to infinitive ] Their decision not to attend the party puzzled everyone.

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

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In order to make clear what does and does not fall within the scope of the framework decision, a sound definition of environmental crime is vital.
A second draft framework decision seeks to increase the criminal punishment for aiding the illegal entry or stay in a country.
Enlargement is not a political decision.
In my view, this was long overdue, because the decision to move from a purely economic community to political union was taken a long time ago.
A large majority of the committee went along with the rapporteur, and the vote today allows us to take that decision further in a consistent way.
The decision will be taken for us.
Nevertheless, it is as well to remember that this declaration will certainly be different from the 1992 decision in form and substance.
We need to consider if we need new joint-decision structures in the face of these revolutionary developments, new structures for listening to employees and making decisions.
Secondly there is a lady within thirteen weeks of retirement who is desperate for news of a decision that will affect seriously her financial circumstances in old age.
As regards our external partners, all we can do is set them a good example and encourage their efforts to democratise their decision-making processes.

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