choose


choose

verb \ˈchüz\

: to decide that a particular person or thing is the one that you want

: to make a choice about what to do

chose \ˈchōz\ cho·sen \ˈchō-zən\ choos·ing \ˈchü-ziŋ\

Full Definition of CHOOSE

transitive verb
1
a :  to select freely and after consideration <choose a career>
b :  to decide on especially by vote :  elect <chose her as captain>
2
a :  to have a preference for <choose one car over another>
b :  decide <chose to go by train>
intransitive verb
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>
choos·er \ˈchü-zər\ noun

Examples of CHOOSE

  1. The political party chose a leader.
  2. They chose her as the team captain.
  3. We've chosen a different time to go.
  4. He was chosen because he's qualified for the job.
  5. She was chosen from a long list of people.
  6. He chose his words carefully.
  7. Which shirt would you choose?
  8. How do I choose when there's so much available?
  9. Let everyone choose for themselves.
  10. You can choose from among a number of alternatives.
  11. 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

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

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