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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 from 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.
See also: decide, favor, of

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.
See also: decide, on

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.
See also: decide, favor, of

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.
See also: decide, on

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.
See also: decide, on
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But, after training yesterday, captain Jean-Paul Abalo said the team would hold a meeting to decide whether to fulfil the fixture.
The Japanese system doesn't work that way; it's the mobile carriers that decide on prices, while callers are actually paying fixed-line carriers for the calls.
Jones sell the home they have lived in since 1990 and decide to retire to Florida.
This court should decide the same way because there is simply no reason to stray from a course long set.
Anything you decide will, of course, be personal and will depend upon your interests, needs, and expectations about research.
Where public disclosure laws exist, the courts can decide whether to force law enforcement to provide information to the news media.
Mary deliberates carefully and rationally with a view to the achievement of this end, decides to shoot leader X at an upcoming public news conference at place P, and later executes this decision.
Time was, college recruiters knew that students probably wouldn't decide for whom to work until they'd interviewed with everyone.
After two troubled siblings (real-life brothers Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen) contemplate murdering their wealthy but insensitive parents, they decide instead to go to court.
This amount, which can be linked to the employee's age at retirement, length of service, number of dependents, and so on, is fixed until (and if) the company decides to increase it.
Proposal for decision at the extraordinary general meeting The board proposes, as a consequence of that the listing requirements are not complied with by Medicover, that the extraordinary general meeting decides on a resolution to de-list the Swedish Depository Receipts of Medicover listed at the Stockholm Stock Exchange (former O-list).
If the appellate court decides Proposition R is unconstitutional, it's fairly easy to order elections officials to just not count the votes, Hasen said.
The transfer is conditional upon that an extraordinary general meeting in Orc Software decides to issue new shares in Orc Software.
Antelope Valley voters go to the polls today to decides local races that include the Palmdale City Council election, college board and water district races, and a number of school board elections.
If the Illinois Supreme Court decides that federal law (i.