choose

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

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.

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 Tech startup Biproxi chooses San Diego for headquarters after landing millions in venture capital A new startup in East Village has raised $10 million from technology venture capitalists to build a Zillow-like platform for commercial real estate. San Diego Union-Tribune, "East Village startup gets $10M to build ‘Zillow for commercial real estate’," 17 Sep. 2019 This event will be by appointment only, and participants can choose from four diverse dolls to style, which represents the diversity of the Kith women. James Love, Essence, "KITH WOMEN Teams Up With Barbie For Capsule Collection," 17 Sep. 2019 Breaking news from the Wall Street Journal: WeWork's parent company has chosen the Nasdaq for its IPO, which will take place during the week of September 23. Charles Riley, CNN, "WeWork chooses the Nasdaq for its IPO," 13 Sep. 2019 For first-timers, deciding where to go can be daunting, especially with dozens of restaurants across the Valley from which to choose. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "It's almost Arizona Restaurant Week. Here are 10 metro Phoenix restaurants worth trying," 13 Sep. 2019 The institute chose Sonoma County for the new pilot program because of its success with sustainability, Marcus says. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Nearly all Sonoma County vineyards are certified sustainable," 12 Sep. 2019 In July, both the debate and the Bachelorette finale were slated to run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, forcing millions of Americans to choose between national politics and reality-TV politics. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate featured frontrunners who battled each other, attacked Trump," 12 Sep. 2019 But that is the persona that some of her biggest fans have chosen for her. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "United We Stan," 11 Sep. 2019 The Duchess of Sussex attended the women’s singles final at the U.S. Open in New York, and chose two J.Crew items for her chic, budget-friendly ensemble. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s U.S. Open Tennis Look Is Surprisingly Affordable," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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choose

verb
How to pronounce choose (audio)

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

choose

verb
\ 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.

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