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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: among, decide

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.
See also: between, decide

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Suppose that Amy took a class that covered decidability results.
I doubt, for example, if a nonspecialist reader could grasp the difference between what Godel proved about completeness in 1930 and what Alonzo Church proved about decidability in 1936.
In the next section, we use the second part of the theorem to obtain decidability results in the special case of "positive" methods.
We also investigate the decidability of the semantics of SCLP programs, obtaining an interesting semidecidability result: if a goal has a semiring value greater than, or greater than or equal to, a certain value in the semiring, then we can discover this in finite time.
To prove this, we show that the set of universally stable graphs is closed under the taking of minors; polynomial-time decidability then follows from results of Robertson and Seymour [1986; 1990].
One of these papers terminates in completeness and decidability results for noniterative logics--systems of modal logic the formulae of which do not contain a modal operator within the scope of a modal operator.
Our review was based on building a taxonomy that classifies temporal logics in terms of order, time structure, decidability, executability, and expressiveness.
exhibit the rationale of mathematical proofs by revealing the logical connections underlying the successive steps; it provides standards for a critical appraisal of any proposed proofs constructed within the mathematical system to which the model refers; and it affords the basis for a precise and far-reaching theory of proof, provability, decidability, and related concepts.
Second, and related, when the constructivist presents an argument by counterexample to trichotomy, understood intuitionistically, or to decidability of = between reals, etc., what it shows, from the classicist perspective, is that we have no constructive method of telling which spatio-temporal point is represented by a certain rational sequence as presented, i.e.
His real genius was in presenting his material not as reasoned argument but in a voice or series of voices which put always in doubt issues of reliability and decidability. To use one of his favorite quotations - from Harold Rosenberg - the result was an "anxious object," anxious about whether it was a work of art or a piece of junk.
The picture is now filled out considerably and we are able to see how Godel assessed the philosophical implications of his incompleteness theorems and related results on decidability and consistency.
Kreiswirth's "`Paradoxical and outrageous Discrepancy': Transgression, Auto-intertextuality, and Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha" examines the "Faulknerian move away from coherence, decidability, and toward constant dialogizing [and] transgressive textual activity." The move toward narrative transgression is an "obsessive copresense" in Faulkner's art which cannot be adequately explained by critical efforts at "semiotic or hermeneutic closure." Kreiswirth foregrounds the many discrepancies between the narrative and the appendices to Absalom, Absalom!, for example, many of which are indeed paradoxical and outrageous and which challenge received notions about textual representation, consistency, and narrative order.