\ ˈchüz How to pronounce choose (audio) \
chose\ ˈchōz How to pronounce choose (audio) \; chosen\ ˈchō-​zᵊn How to pronounce choose (audio) \; choosing\ ˈchü-​ziŋ How to pronounce choose (audio) \

Definition of choose

transitive verb

1a : to select freely and after consideration choose a career
b : to decide on especially by vote : elect chose her as captain
2a : 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 butwhen earth is so kind, men cannot choose but be happy— J. A. Froude

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Other Words from choose

chooser \ ˈchü-​zər How to pronounce choose (audio) \ noun

Examples of choose in a Sentence

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 Charters1987 … 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Residents can choose from several species that are native to the region and grow well in the local climate. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Student digs in to replace 2 million sheets of paper used at Hawken School: Valley Views," 5 Jan. 2021 Prosecutors in all California counties can choose to pursue a criminal case in one of two ways: a direct filing or through a grand jury. Megan Cassidy,, "Chesa Boudin, in policy shift, seeks to clear case backlog by leaning more on grand juries for charges," 1 Jan. 2021 Adults can choose not to drink or drink in moderation by limiting consumption of two drinks or less in a day for men and one drink or less in a day for women, according to the new guidelines. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New US dietary guidelines include babies and toddlers for first time," 29 Dec. 2020 Diners can choose from a selection of pizzas for takeout or delivery, from Turkish lamb and chicken tikka masala to shrimp pizza and Mexican elote, and there are also gluten-free crust as well as vegan options. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, "Southlake’s successful gaucho pizza concept is expanding," 28 Dec. 2020 Passengers can choose to get either a nucleic acid amplification test or an antigen test. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "The U.S. Is Now Requiring Negative COVID-19 Tests for All UK Travelers," 28 Dec. 2020 Users can choose the game system, bracket size, cost to play and timing of the tournament. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Newest gig economy job: Host of your own esports tournaments on Fortnite, Madden NFL, other video games," 17 Dec. 2020 The younger Rincón still can choose among the two options UTSA presented to him earlier. Patrick Danner,, "UTSA student’s lawsuit over COVID-19 sanctions tossed," 16 Dec. 2020 With a few clicks, a new Chase customer can choose to receive an account alert for everything from low balances to suspicious transactions. Patrick Rucker, ProPublica, "JPMorgan Chase Bank Wrongly Charged 170,000 Customers Overdraft Fees. Federal Regulators Refused to Penalize It.," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of choose

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for choose

Middle English chosen, from Old English cēosan; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose, Latin gustare to taste

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The first known use of choose was before the 12th century

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10 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Choose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈchüz How to pronounce choose (audio) \
chose\ ˈchōz \; chosen\ ˈchō-​zᵊn \; choosing

Kids Definition of choose

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.

Choose the Right Synonym for choose

choose, elect, and select mean to decide upon one possibility from among several. choose is used for making a decision after careful thought. She chose to follow the right course. elect may be used for the deliberate picking of one thing over another. Voters elect one candidate for president. select is used when there are many things from which to choose. Customers may select from a variety of goods.

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