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v. for a judge, arbitrator, court of appeals or other magistrate or tribunal to reach a determination (decision) by choosing what is right and wrong according to the law as he/she sees it.
decideverb adjudge, adjudicate, adjust, agree, arrive at a judgment, ascertain, award, choose, choose a course of action, choose an alternative, choose an option, come to a conclusion, come to an agreement, come to terms, commit oneself, conclude, constituere, decernere, decree, determine, diagnose, diiudicare, dispose of, elect, end, establish, finalize, find, fix, form a resolution, form an opinion, hold, judge, make a choice, make a decision, make a selection, make up one's mind, opt, ordain, pass, pass judgment, pass sentence, pick, pronounce, reach a decision, reach a verdict, referee, resolve, rule, select, sentence, settle, sit in judgment, terminate, umpire, vote
Associated concepts: decide a case, decide a motion, deeided adversely, decided as a matter of law, decided on the merits, decided upon legal principles, jurisdiction to decide
See also: adjudge, adjudicate, arbitrate, ascertain, award, choose, deem, determine, dispose, elect, find, fix, gauge, hear, judge, pass, pass judgment, prescribe, pronounce, select, sentence, settle, stipulate, try