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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.
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If you are an aircrew member and you decide to speak up when something doesn't seem right, then you will be able to go home at the end of the day.
The ELCIC's National Church Council is expected to decide on the matter when it meets this month.
After many months, Esteban decides to leave the ship at night and investigate the neighborhood.
It argues forcefully to a generation that expects equality that without the right to decide whether to continue a pregnancy, a woman's autonomy and equality are compromised.
Doe decides to buy a struggling manufacturer of automobile wheels, Wild Wheels Inc., which he believes he can turn around.
Jones decide to sell it and buy the one right next door, which is exactly like theirs.
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.
You Decide: Should schools allow student prayer at school-sponsored events?
As a metaphor for society, this analogy suggests that someone in charge decides what the problem is and parcels out tasks to individuals.
Your random assignment to a particular treatment group usually will occur after the researcher decides that you can be in the study, and after you agree to join the research by signing an informed consent form.
In those cases where the official decides that all of the positive consequences of deception outweigh all of the negative consequences, the official must then publicize the deception after the fact.
For example, "I'll do it if you say, but may I first..." The adult then decides and answers.
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.
Many of the statutes at issue, including Boland, are loosely worded and, Walsh decides, not the best grounds for criminal prosecution.