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  • Verb

decide

dih-SAHYD

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I really couldn’t figure out what kind of shoes I wanted, but my father said I had to decide or make a choice in the next ten hours. It was very hard for me to decide or figure out what one pair I wanted, so I asked him if I could have two, and he agreed. It took me the full ten hours to decide upon or select the pairs I wanted, because there were three pairs that I just had to have! Nevertheless, I did at last decide upon or choose the two pairs that I wanted, and left that poor third pair all alone.

Quiz: What have you done when you decide upon something?

  • You hope to form a solid idea of what you want.
  • You settle upon it and get rid of other choices.
  • You think and think and think about it, but cannot make up your mind.

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December Sleigh Ride I live in Vermont because I decided long ago that I would like to be able to take December sleigh rides.

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Word Ingredients
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de- off
cid cut
e used for spelling and pronunciation

When you decide something you “cut off” all other choices in favor of one choice.

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Mockinjay Seneca Crane either decided to stop breathing or he ate poisonous berries.
Decide

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Decide

Word Variants
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decision n a choice
decisive adj having the ability to make a choice