De·cide v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decided; p. pr. & vb. n. Deciding.]
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.
adj : having the power or quality of deciding; "the crucial
experiment"; "cast the deciding vote"; "the
determinative (or determinant) battle" [syn: crucial,
deciding(a), determinant, determinative, determining(a)]
n : the cognitive process of reaching a decision; "a good
executive must be good at decision making" [syn: decision