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[v] reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
[v] bring to an end; settle conclusively, as of a conflict; "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] cause to decide; "This new development finally decided me!"
[v] influence or determine; "The vote in New Hampshire often decides the outcome of the Presidential election"

Misc. Definitions

\De*cide"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decided}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deciding}.] [L. dec[=i]dere; de- + caedere to cut, cut off; prob. akin to E. shed, v.: cf. F. d['e]cider. Cf. {Decision}.]
1. To cut off; to separate. [Obs.] Our seat denies us traffic here; The sea, too near, decides us from the rest. --Fuller.
2. 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. --1 Kings xx. 40. The quarrel toucheth none but us alone; Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then. --Shak.
\De*cide"\, v. i. 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? --Pope.

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