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decide

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v decide reach, make, or come to a decision about something "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
    • v decide bring to an end; settle conclusively "The case was decided","The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff","The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"
    • v decide cause to decide "This new development finally decided me!"
    • v decide influence or determine "The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

DECIDING A HORSE TRADE DECIDING A HORSE TRADE
Charon decides who may cross in the boat Charon decides who may cross in the boat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The story of Mulan had been told in China for almost 1,500 years before Disney decided to make it into an animated movie
    • Decide To bring to a termination, as a question, controversy, struggle, by giving the victory to one side or party; to render judgment concerning; to determine; to settle. "So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it.""The quarrel toucheth none but us alone;
      Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then."
    • Decide To cut off; to separate. "Our seat denies us traffic here;
      The sea, too near, decides us from the rest."
    • v. i Decide To determine; to form a definite opinion; to come to a conclusion; to give decision; as, the court decided in favor of the defendant. "Who shall decide, when doctors disagree?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason why the very beginning of The Wizard of Oz is black and white, is because color was not available at that point. When color was available, the writers decided to start using it in Munchkinland.
    • decide To cut off; separate.
    • decide To determine, as a question, controversy, or struggle, by some mode of arbitrament; settle by giving the victory to one side or the other; determine the issue or result of; adjust; conclude; end: as, the court decided the case in favor of the plaintiff; the umpire decided the contest; the fate of the bill is decided.
    • decide To resolve; determine in the mind: as, he decided to go.
    • decide To determine; form a definite opinion; come to a conclusion; pronounce a judgment: as, the court decided in favor of the defendant; to decide upon one's course.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the NHL in the 1960’s, the league decided that home teams would wear white, while visiting teams would wear their dark jerseys. The reasoning behind this was that it would be more difficult to keep white uniforms clean while on the road.
    • v.t Decide de-sīd′ to determine: to end: to settle: to resolve
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Quotations

  • John Pierpont Morgan
    John Pierpont Morgan
    “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    W.%20Clement%20Stone
    “You. too, can determine what you want. You can decide on your major objectives, targets, aims, and destination.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “A jest often decides matters of importance more effectual and happily than seriousness.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “Imagination decides everything.”
  • Joan Baez
    Joan Baez
    “You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can decide how you're going to live now.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. decīdere,; de-, + caedere, to cut, cut off; prob. akin to E. shed, v.: cf. F. décider,. Cf. Decision
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. decider—L. decidērede, away, cædĕre, to cut.

Usage

In literature:

Another cabinet meeting was held on October 2 to decide what orders should be sent to Bristol.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
But as he saw the snow-covered streets before him and was unable to decide whether he should go home or not, Zingarella stepped up to him.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
On Sunday, January 16, I had a decidedly lively time for my first day in the trenches.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
They decided to have the piano set across the window in the parlor, and the carters brought it in, and went away.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
This sign of perfect agreement between the forces at the rear and on the river decided some of the plotters.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
That should be safe enough, he decided at last.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
In honor, that was the only way she could decide.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
After taking care of immediate necessities, the Ranger decided he could use a bath.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
Wallis therefore decided not to stop.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
He decided, however, to wait till after dinner.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
I will let you know what he decides upon to-morrow.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
But it already had been decided.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
He had been suspended between the two ladies, and only able to decide that if either of them married he was bound to marry the other.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Fearing lest something more serious was impending, he decided to go out some day and see for himself.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
She was popularly supposed to be of a grim and decidedly eccentric disposition.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
General Castelnau decided to take the direct offensive, the Germans giving signs of great fatigue.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
He decided to telephone Barton.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
She decided to talk it out with him, show him the letter, and then decide.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
A crime committed to decide a wager is perhaps new.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
Perhaps it may be that from them will arise a storm that will decide my fate.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

Jesus for your choice is waiting;
Tarry not: at once decide!
While the Spirit now is striving,
Yield, and seek the Savior’s side.
"Come Believing!" by Daniel Webster Moody
The world shall yet decide,
In truth's clear, far-off light,
That the soldiers who wore the gray, and died
With Lee, were in the right.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Festus.
What happy time? For God's sake, for man's sake,
What time was happy? All I hope to know
That answer will decide. What happy time?
"Paracelsus: Part V: Paracelsus Attains" by Robert Browning
While you're gazing on such a vision
And your outlook is clear and wide,
If you have to make a decision,
That's the time and place to decide
"The Time to Decide" by Bruce Kiskaddon
RIBERA.
My lord will jest.
Our house is too much honored when he deigns
O'erstep the threshold. Let your royal pleasure
Alone decide the hour.
"The Spagnoletto. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
This on the water: on the land a scene
Whose Epic scope is far beyond my power,
For on this spot a People's fate hath been
Decided in an hour.
"Arms And The Man - The Ravages Of War" by James Barron Hope

In news:

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has held its key lending rate at the all-time low of 0.5 percent for the 44th month and decided not to increase its economic stimulus program of bond purchases.
LONDON — The Bank of England has held its key lending rate at the all-time low of 0.5 percent for the 44th month and decided not to increase its economic stimulus program of bond purchases.
The Bank of England has held its key lending rate at the all-time low of 0.5 percent for the 44th month and decided not to increase its economic stimulus program of bond purchases.
While in Israel to shoot his new travel show, Mile High, David Arquette decided became a man -- in the eyes of Jewish religious officials, at least.
Lessons from this six-day conflict may decide if Iraq is to have a strong government.
So today while I was in Target I decided to browse the string bikinis.
In the midst of a prolonged, collective slump for his offense, Mets manager Terry Collins decided to shuffle the deck and change the batting order for this afternoon's game against the Colorado Rockies.
Cleveland Indians' Manny Acta won't rush into deciding on 2011 batting order .
Were the Weapons the Deciding Factor.
W hen the Federal Reserve decided to loosen monetary policy in September 2007, not many people criticized it.
A proposal to protect a group of native trees on 46 coastal properties has been rejected by commissioners deciding Rodney's list of notable trees for Auckland Council.
And if Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins and Michigan LT Taylor Lewan decide to forgo their senior seasons, it'll be their final meeting at the college level.
" Big Board Sports" with Rodger Wyland, which originally planned to air Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week, has decided to wait until Monday, Jan 4, to make its post-holiday return.
One day in the late 1990s, Cano decided to show up unannounced at El Torito's headquarters in Irvine.
Hernando County voters had several high-profile local elections to decide Tuesday, including three county commissioners, the sheriff and a state representative.
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In science:

Then we can decide it uniquely (up to constant).
Integrable Submodels of Nonlinear $\sigma$-models and Their Generalization
We decide to sample randomly and independently from the importance density instead of f (x).
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
To this end we decide to scan the lattice sites from left to right in a row and then go to the next row below.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Our construction and proofs are short and elementary so we have decided to publish them as they stand.
Complex cobordism of involutions
This might tempt us to decide that the conformal parameterization is the “correct” choice.
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
We have presented a system for surface natural language generation that uses grammar rules, rule conditions, and statistical information to decide the word order at run time.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
We decide here to focus on the first levels that can be effectively probed by this analysis.
Growing dynamics of Internet providers
In the latter case relevance-irrelevance criteria, such as the Harris criterion1,2 can be used to decide upon the stability of the pure fixed-point and also perturbation expansions are developed3 to treat the effect of weak disorder.
The Random-bond Potts model in the large-q limit
The first step in the construction of an integration channel for a particular Feynman diagram is to decide, in which kinematical region the individual propagators are, i.e. whether they are s– or t–channel propagators.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Construct() decides, if a channel belonging to the given amplitude has already been realized or should be created.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
So, to some extent Step 0() decides about the basic topology of the channel.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
We can not decide at the moment what the reason is for this disagreement: whether it is only due to the relatively poor statistics of the MC method in this regime, or also due to an inherent problem in the SCF calculations.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
What we undertake is thus the development of a calculus of conditional ob jects identified with temporal rules, which, given a sequence of random elements from the underlying domain, decide after each of the drawn elements if the the conditional becomes defined, and if so, whether it is true or false.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
The above Moore machine, as it is easily seen, acts exactly according to the rule “ignore b∁’s, decide depending on the truth status of a when b appears”.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
At present, the question whether there it is decidable if a given strange conditional event has an asymptotivc probability is open.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
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