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.] [1913 Webster]

Our seat denies us traffic here; The sea, too near, decides us from the rest. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

So shall thy judgment be; thyself hast decided it. --1 Kings xx. 40. [1913 Webster]

The quarrel toucheth none but us alone; Betwixt ourselves let us decide it then. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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