Meaning of DECISION in English

de ‧ ci ‧ sion S1 W1 /dɪˈsɪʒ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ decision , ↑ indecision ; adverb : ↑ decidedly , ↑ decisively ≠ ↑ indecisively ; adjective : ↑ decided ≠ ↑ undecided , ↑ decisive ≠ ↑ indecisive ; verb : ↑ decide ]

1 . [countable] a choice or judgment that you make after a period of discussion or thought:

Do you ever wonder if you made the right decision?

decision to do something

She refused to discuss her decision to quit the group.

decision about/on

We finally came to a firm decision on the matter.

decision as to which/whether/who etc

Viewers make the final decision as to who should be eliminated from the competition.

The judges’ decision is final (=it will not be changed) .

2 . [uncountable] the quality someone has that makes them able to make choices or judgments quickly and confidently OPP indecision :

the ability to act with speed and decision

3 . [uncountable] the act of deciding something:

The Court has the ultimate power of decision.

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■ verbs

▪ make a decision

I want to think about it a bit longer before I make a decision.

▪ take a decision British English (=make an important or formal decision)

I fully accept the decision taken by the committee.

▪ reach/come to/arrive at a decision (=make a decision after a lot of thought)

We hope they will reach their decision as soon as possible.

▪ regret a decision (=wish you had not made a particular decision)

I was already regretting my decision to go on holiday with him.

▪ reconsider a decision (=think about changing a decision you have made)

He said he wasn't prepared to reconsider his decision.

▪ reverse a decision (=change a decision)

They want him to reverse his decision to quit.

▪ overrule/overturn a decision (=officially change a decision by another person or group)

A director of the company had overruled that decision.

▪ postpone a decision (=not make a decision until later)

The government has postponed its decision about when to hold the election.

■ adjectives

▪ an important decision

My father made all the important decisions.

▪ a big decision (=an important decision)

Marriage is a big decision.

▪ a major decision (=very important)

The government now has some major decisions to make.

▪ a difficult/hard/tough decision

In the end I took the difficult decision to retire early.

▪ a good decision

It was a good decision to change the name of the product.

▪ a bad decision

I think he made a bad decision.

▪ the right decision

She chose to study Engineering and it was definitely the right decision.

▪ the wrong decision

I thought I'd made the wrong decision marrying Jeff.

▪ a conscious/deliberate decision (=one that you have thought about clearly)

Belinda had made a conscious decision to have a baby.

▪ a clear/firm decision (=a definite one)

It's now time to come to a clear decision on this.

▪ a final decision (=one that will not be changed)

The council will make a final decision in four months.

▪ a snap decision (=one that you make extremely quickly)

Police officers often have to make snap decisions on how to act.

▪ a controversial decision (=that people disagree about)

The history of the law is full of controversial decisions.

▪ a hasty decision (=one that you make without enough thought)

Don't let yourself be forced into making hasty decisions.

▪ a joint decision (=one that two people make together)

Jo and I made a joint decision that we should separate.

▪ a collective decision (=one that a number of people make together)

Society should take collective decisions about individual rights and responsibilities.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.