noun \ˈchis\

: the act of choosing : the act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities

: the opportunity or power to choose between two or more possibilities : the opportunity or power to make a decision

: a range of things that can be chosen

Full Definition of CHOICE

:  the act of choosing :  selection <finding it hard to make a choice>
:  power of choosing :  option <you have no choice>
a :  the best part :  cream
b :  a person or thing chosen <she was their first choice>
:  a number and variety to choose among <a plan with a wide choice of options>
:  care in selecting
:  a grade of meat between prime and good
of choice
:  to be preferred

Examples of CHOICE

  1. He has some important choices to make.
  2. You made a good choice.
  3. She was faced with a difficult choice.
  4. You can either accept the job or not. It's your choice.
  5. I read about the various options so that I could make an informed choice.
  6. Given the choice, I'd rather stay home tonight.
  7. They gave me a choice between an automatic or standard transmission.
  8. A flexible health insurance plan gives patients more choice about doctors and coverage.
  9. There is a wide range of choices.
  10. Other choices on the menu looked equally tempting.

Origin of CHOICE

Middle English chois, from Anglo-French, from choisir to choose, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose — more at choose
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of CHOICE

choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely <freedom of choice>. option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed <the option of paying now or later>. alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility <equally attractive alternatives>. preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections <a preference for cool weather>. selection implies a range of choice <a varied selection of furniture>. election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment <doing a tax return forces certain elections on you>.

Rhymes with CHOICE



: very good

of meat : of a quality that is good but not the best

of words or phrases : carefully chosen especially for the purpose of expressing anger or disapproval


Full Definition of CHOICE

:  worthy of being chosen
:  selected with care
a :  of high quality
b :  of a grade between prime and good <choice meat>
choice·ly adverb
choice·ness noun

Examples of CHOICE

  1. Choice beef is not as expensive as prime beef.
  2. <choice chocolates for which chocolate lovers are willing to pay extra>

First Known Use of CHOICE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of CHOICE

choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind <choice fabric>. exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste <an exquisite gold bracelet>. elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste <a sumptuous but elegant dining room>. rare suggests an uncommon excellence <rare beauty>. delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility <delicate craftsmanship>. dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate <dainty sandwiches>.


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