Etymology: Middle English, from Latin decidere, literally, to cut off, from de- + caedere to cut
Date: 14th century
a. to make a final choice or judgment about <decide what to do> b. to select as a course of action — used with an infinitive <decided to go> c. to infer on the basis of evidence ; conclude <they decided that he was right> 2. to bring to a definitive end <one blow decided the fight> 3. to induce to come to a choice <her pleas decided him to help> intransitive verb to make a choice or judgment <decide on where to go> • decidability noun • decidable adjective • decider noun Synonyms: decide, determine, settle, rule, resolve mean to come or cause to come to a conclusion. decide implies previous consideration of a matter causing doubt, wavering, debate, or controversy <she decided to sell her house>. determine implies fixing the identity, character, scope, or direction of something <determined the cause of the problem>. settle implies a decision reached by someone with power to end all dispute or uncertainty <the dean's decision settled the campus alcohol policy>. rule implies a determination by judicial or administrative authority <the judge ruled that the evidence was inadmissible>. resolve implies an expressed or clear decision or determination to do or refrain from doing something <he resolved to quit smoking>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.