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verb \ˈchüz\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of choose

chose play \ˈchōz\ chosen play \ˈchō-zən\ choosing play \ˈchü-ziŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to select freely and after consideration <choose a career> b :  to decide on especially by vote :  elect <chose her as captain>

  3. 2 a :  to have a preference for <choose one car over another> b :  decide <chose to go by train>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make a selection <finding it hard to choose>

  6. 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>

chooser play \ˈchü-zər\ noun

Examples of choose in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. … 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

  4. 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

  5. The political party chose a leader.

  6. They chose her as the team captain.

  7. We've chosen a different time to go.

  8. He was chosen because he's qualified for the job.

  9. She was chosen from a long list of people.

  10. He chose his words carefully.

  11. Which shirt would you choose?

  12. How do I choose when there's so much available?

  13. Let everyone choose for themselves.

  14. 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


verb \ˈchüz\

Definition of choose for Students

chose \ˈchōz\chosen \ˈchō-zən\choosing

  1. 1 :  to select freely and after careful thought <choose a leader>

  2. 2 :  to decide what to do <We chose to leave.>

  3. 3 :  to see fit <Do as you choose.>

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