choose

verb
\ 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) \

Essential Meaning of choose

1 : to decide that a particular person or thing is the one that you want The political party chose a leader. They chose her as the team captain. See More ExamplesWe'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. You'll have to choose between the two of them. There are several books available to choose from.Hide
2 : to make a choice about what to do : decide You can do as you choose. [=you can do what you want to do]

Full 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 but when earth is so kind, men cannot choose but be happy— J. A. Froude

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 The sustainability agenda is among the top five reasons people choose to work for us. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 19 Jan. 2022 Add friends to play against or choose random opponents. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2022 Several justices questioned just how far Boston would have to go to accommodate third-party groups if city officials are not permitted to choose the flags on a flagpole that is a public forum. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2022 Some of us continue to abstain after January is over, or choose to only drink on weekends. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 Creators can set their own initial price, and then choose who to award the NFT to after a bidding contest. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 19 Jan. 2022 The way the electoral process works is that members of Parliament and regional representatives choose the president through multiple rounds of secret ballots. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, 19 Jan. 2022 Plan ahead and budget for materials—and choose the ones that are the most affordable. Hiranmayi Srinivasan, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Jan. 2022 The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to choose an alternative winner in the event that a possible winner has been disqualified or is deemed ineligible for any reason. PCMAG, 18 Jan. 2022

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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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22 Jan 2022

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More Definitions for choose

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.

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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