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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decide  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decide  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decide 
  v  1:  reach,  make  or  come  to  a  decision  about  something  "We 
  finally  decided  after  lengthy  deliberations"  [syn:  {make 
  up  one's  mind},  {determine}] 
  2:  bring  to  an  end  settle  conclusively;  "The  case  was 
  decided";  "The  judge  decided  the  case  in  favor  of  the 
  plaintiff"  [syn:  {settle},  {resolve}] 
  3:  cause  to  decide;  "This  new  development  finally  decided  me!" 
  4:  influence  or  determine;  "The  vote  in  New  Hampshire  often 
  decides  the  outcome  of  the  Presidential  election" 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  DECIDE,  v.i.  To  succumb  to  the  preponderance  of  one  set  of  influences 
  over  another  set 
 
  A  leaf  was  riven  from  a  tree, 
  "I  mean  to  fall  to  earth,"  said  he 
 
  The  west  wind,  rising,  made  him  veer. 
  "Eastward,"  said  he  "I  now  shall  steer." 
 
  The  east  wind  rose  with  greater  force. 
  Said  he:  "'Twere  wise  to  change  my  course." 
 
  With  equal  power  they  contend. 
  He  said:  "My  judgment  I  suspend." 
 
  Down  died  the  winds;  the  leaf,  elate, 
  Cried:  "I've  decided  to  fall  straight." 
 
  "First  thoughts  are  best?"  That's  not  the  moral; 
  Just  choose  your  own  and  we'll  not  quarrel. 
 
  Howe'er  your  choice  may  chance  to  fall, 
  You'll  have  no  hand  in  it  at  all 
  G.J. 
 
 




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