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choice

noun \ ˈchȯis \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of choice

1 :the act of choosing :selection
  • finding it hard to make a choice
2 :power of choosing :option
  • you have no choice
3 a :the best part :cream
  • Of the cavalry the king's own was the choice.
b :a person or thing chosen
  • she was their first choice
4 :a number and variety to choose among
  • a plan with a wide choice of options
5 :care in selecting
6 :a grade of meat between prime and good
of choice
:to be preferred

Examples of choice in a Sentence

  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. A flexible health insurance plan gives patients more choice about doctors and coverage.

  8. There is a wide range of choices.

  9. Other choices on the menu looked equally tempting.

Recent Examples of choice from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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

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

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choice

adjective

Definition of choice

choicer; choicest
1 :worthy of being chosen
  • accepting the choicest candidates
2 :selected with care
  • prepared his report with choice words
3 a :of high quality
  • served choice wine with the dinner
b :of a grade between prime and good
  • choice meat

choicely

adverb

choiceness

noun

Examples of choice in a Sentence

  1. Choice beef is not as expensive as prime beef.

  2. choice chocolates for which chocolate lovers are willing to pay extra

Recent Examples of choice from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of choice

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


CHOICE Defined for English Language Learners

choice

noun

Definition of choice for English Language Learners

  • : 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


choice

adjective

Definition of choice for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CHOICE Defined for Kids

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choice

noun \ ˈchȯis \

Definition of choice for Students

1 :the act of picking between two or more possibilities
  • You have some choices to make.
2 :the power of choosing :option
  • If I had a choice, I'd stay here.
3 :a person or thing chosen
  • This restaurant was a good choice.
  • She's my first choice for the job.
4 :a range of possibilities to choose from
  • The menu offers a lot of choice.

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choice

adjective

Definition of choice for Students

choicer; choicest
:of very good quality
  • the choicest fruits


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