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decide against (someone or something)

1. To choose not to accept someone. Yes, Holly was a strong candidate, but we ultimately decided against her for the job.
2. To choose not to do something. I was so tired that I decided against going out with my friends tonight.
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decide among (someone or something)

To choose someone or something when given three or more options. We've had so many good candidates for the job that I'm having a very hard time deciding among them.
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decide between (someone or something)

To choose someone or something when given two options. Holly and Jack are both such good candidates for the job that I'm having a hard time deciding between them.
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decide for (someone or something)

To rule favorably for someone or something. My client will almost certainly go to jail if the judge doesn't decide for him.
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decide in favor of (someone or something)

To rule favorably for someone or something. My client will almost certainly go to jail if the judge doesn't decide in favor of him.
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decide on (someone or something)

To choose someone or something, usually after a period of deliberation. Yes, Holly was a strong candidate, but we ultimately decided on someone else for the job opening. After agonizing over the menu, I finally decided on mint chocolate chip ice cream.
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decide against someone or something

to rule against someone or something; to make a judgment against someone or something. We decided against Tom and chose Larry instead. Jane decided against the supplier.
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decide among (someone and someone else)

 and decide among (something and something else)
to choose from three or more people; to choose from three or more things. I couldn't decide among all the choices on the menu. I will decide among Fred, Tom, and Alice.
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decide between (someone and someone else)

 and decide between (something and something else)
to choose one from two people; to choose one from two things. I could not decide between Tom and Wally. We could not decide between those two.
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decide for someone or something

to rule in favor of someone or something; to make a judgment for someone or something. The jury decided for the plaintiff. The judge decided for me.
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decide in favor of someone or something

to determine that someone or something is the winner. The judge decided in favor of the defendant. I decided in favor of the red one.
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decide (up)on someone or something

to choose someone or something; to make a judgment about some aspect of someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Will you please hurry up and decide upon someone to vote for? I decided on chocolate.
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decide on

or decide upon
v.
To choose something or someone after deliberation: We decided on green as the color for the nursery. I've decided upon the red shoes; you can put the black ones back.
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That is followed by the Stanley Aged Miners Cup decider - the finalists are not yet known - on May 15.
A good first half to the season is a distant memory for a North Western team now in free-fall, but with his team trailing 3-4 to Argyll and Sutherland Phil Francom saved the match in great style with a 147 check-out, only for Argyll to win the decider through Ian Norris.
Trent Valley move up to third after beating visitors Prince of Wales 3-2, Dick and John Thompson taking the decider off Stu McIlvenny and Bill Darlaston.
Somers Boy, who showed early pace and steered a more middle course, ran well in second position and must have a sporting chance of turning the tables come the decider The Ernie Gaskin-trained Snappy Ciaron (5-1) had come from off the pace to land the second eliminator in a moderate 25.
Hahn and Smith won two each for Ormesby which included a 12-10 victory in the decider for Hahn against Steve Baines.
They were 4-0 winners over Dundalk in Limavady last night and will now go on to meet Cruz Azul in the decider today.
Stamas was the victor in the over-50s singles, winning his group and then putting out Ron Bain and Aitkenhead before overcoming Hill in the decider.
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The Allied Vehicles Tigers beat Somerset by two points on aggregate thanks to a nerve-shredding last-heat decider After losing 48-42 to the Rebels in the first leg, the heat was on for Glasgow.
A late Niall O'Brien point from 75 metres earned Westmeath a place in the decider, thanks to a 1-14 to 1-13 win over Carlow in Mullingar.
They kick off on Thursday, March 26 when Newcastle Benfield meet New Hartley in the Ideal Stelrad NFA Junior Cup decider (kick-off 7.