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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.
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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.
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.
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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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I) If you're setting up a GK or JSKK, you can also decide whether you even want to have a Board of Directors and Statutory Auditor.
A mother's freedom to decide whether and when to have an additional child contributes immeasurably to the welfare of the children she already has, as well as any yet to be born.
Thus, we hope that the information presented in this paper will assist colleagues who decide to create multimedia programs to meet their training needs.
It also would permit the court to decide a case in a veteran's favor when the VA's attorneys do not respond to the veteran's meritorious arguments in the time allowed by the court's rules.
As a result, the Jones's need money and decide to get a mortgage on their Florida home.
Carlin is itself illustrative of this: Although it decides a narrow legal question involving government records and a particular statute, it cites as precedent cases involving oil companies, adult theaters, bankruptcies, and other parties who have no connection at all to government e-mail records or to the Federal Records Act.
Supreme Court to effectively decide the election in Bush's favor is not in principle so jurisprudentially perverse as the Title 3 theory, and ultimately some elements of the equal protection theory won the support of seven of nine justices.
If you decide on breast reconstruction, there are currently two surgical techniques:
Also, remember that you always can decide to withdraw from a study.
For example, in a matter for which we recently provided assistance, the client had to decide whether to retain an expert to provide testimony on a complex, technical issue.
In defending D2, Pink is careful to observe that it does not entail that the reasons for which agents decide to A are reasons specifically for so deciding.
Until recently, the court relied on a three-part standard to decide tax-aid-to-religion cases and many other church-state controversies.
However, I do recommend taking a long, hard look at your company to decide whether you really want to be in the software development business if it is not one of your core competencies.
If you decide to take this route, first get your counsel's opinion.