decide someone reliable

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Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hello everyone, I got a sentence about word's usage from a Chinese English dictionary:

"He decided Tom was reliable."

I don't put "decide" on the dictionary because I have a question has little to do with it, I usually use "decide" when I say "Have you decided" or even "Already made a decision", but after several minutes thought, I still feel perplexed about the sentence, does it mean:

"He decided to believe Tom"? or "He concluded(thought) Tom was reliable"


  • boreen

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Yes, especially the second one (he concluded). It implies that you have thought about it and you have come to this conclusion about someone. You can say that this is what you "decided".
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