Simple Definition of choose
: to decide that a particular person or thing is the one that you want
: to make a choice about what to do
Full Definition of choose
2 a : to have a preference for <choose one car over another> b : decide <chose to go by train>
1 : to make a selection <finding it hard to choose>
2 : to take an alternative —used after cannot and usually followed by but <when earth is so kind, men cannot choose but be happy — J. A. Froude>
Examples of choose
Each year thousands of college students choose volunteer-service trips over beach bumming during their spring breaks and summer vacations. —Edward M. Kennedy, Time, 22 Sept. 2008
I had been invited to choose certain things that I might want from the house, but although there were indeed a couple of things that I would have liked, I was withheld from making the trip … —Alice Adams, “Why I Write,” in The Story and Its Writer, edited by Ann Charters, 1987
… as an instructor at New York University he chose to live by himself in lodgings that for the time must have been very expensive … —William Styron, This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, (l953) 1982
Any summary I might try to write for the rest of the novel would be worthless and I don't choose to waste my time at it. —Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being, 1979
The political party chose a leader.
They chose her as the team captain.
We've chosen a different time to go.
He was chosen because he's qualified for the job.
She was chosen from a long list of people.
He chose his words carefully.
Which shirt would you choose?
How do I choose when there's so much available?
Let everyone choose for themselves.
You can choose from among a number of alternatives.
Origin of choose
Middle English chosen, from Old English cēosan; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose, Latin gustare to taste
First Known Use: before 12th century
CHOOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of choose
chose \ˈchōz\cho·sen \ˈchō-zən\choos·ing
1 : to select freely and after careful thought <choose a leader>
2 : to decide what to do <We chose to leave.>
3 : to see fit <Do as you choose.>
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