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Definition of Decide

  DECIDE   verb, intransitive
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.


Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
d??sa?d v. 1 a intr. (often foll. by on, about) come to a resolution as a result of consideration. b tr. (usu. foll. by to + infin., or that + clause) have or reach as one's resolution about something (decided to stay; decided that we should leave). 2 tr. a cause (a person) to reach a resolution (was unsure about going but the weather decided me). b resolve or settle (a question, dispute, etc.). 3 intr. (usu. foll. by between, for, against, in favour of, or that + clause) give a judgement concerning a matter. °°decidable adj. [ME f. F d¸cider or f. L decidere (as DE-, cˇdere cut)]

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