1. in no way uncertain or ambiguous; unquestionable; unmistakable: a decided victory.
  2. free from hesitation or wavering; resolute; determined: a decided approach to a problem.

verb (used with object), de·cid·ed, de·cid·ing.

  1. to solve or conclude (a question, controversy, or struggle) by giving victory to one side: The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff.
  2. to determine or settle (something in dispute or doubt): to decide an argument.
  3. to bring (a person) to a decision; persuade or convince: The new evidence decided him.

verb (used without object), de·cid·ed, de·cid·ing.

  1. to settle something in dispute or doubt: The judge decided in favor of the plaintiff.
  2. to make a judgment or determine a preference; come to a conclusion.

adjective (prenominal)

  1. unmistakablea decided improvement
  2. determined; resolutea girl of decided character


  1. (may take a clause or an infinitive as object; when intr, sometimes foll by on or about) to reach a decisiondecide what you want; he decided to go
  2. (tr) to cause (a person) to reach a decisionthe weather decided me against going
  3. (tr) to determine or settle (a contest or question)he decided his future plans
  4. (tr) to influence decisively the outcome of (a contest or question)Borg’s stamina decided the match
  5. (intr; foll by for or against) to pronounce a formal verdict

“resolute,” 1790, past participle adjective from decide. A decided victory is one whose reality is not in doubt; a decisive one goes far toward settling some issue. Related: Decidedly.


late 14c., “to settle a dispute,” from Old French decider, from Latin decidere “to decide, determine,” literally “to cut off,” from de- “off” (see de-) + caedere “to cut” (see -cide). For Latin vowel change, see acquisition. Sense is of resolving difficulties “at a stroke.” Meaning “to make up one’s mind” is attested from 1830. Related: Decided; deciding.

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