choose

verb
\ˈchüz \
chose\ˈchōz \; chosen\ˈchō-zᵊn \; choosing\ˈchü-ziŋ \

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

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Other Words from choose

chooser \ˈchü-zər \ 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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The Steam have two position players that were chosen as reserves and will play as backups in the game. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Six Cincinnati Steam players recognized as All-Stars," 11 July 2018 Judges Kavanaugh, Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Barrett—to be prepared in the event they were chosen. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "President Trump Chooses Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Vacancy," 10 July 2018 In one case a White House event cited as justification was canceled, and Price's office chose to continue with a charter flight at a cost of nearly $18,000. NBC News, "Watchdog: $341,000 wasted on travel for former high-flying HHS chief Tom Price," 13 July 2018 Traditionally, the groom lifts the bride’s veil, but Moriah chose not to wear one. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 Companies are choosing to stay private longer, and the public market as measured by the S&P 500 has stalled in 2018. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 Salas, 22, who chose to speak for the family, said that the ACA protections are a particular financial relief, given that both Salas’ brother and his mother, formerly a pediatric nurse, aren’t able to work due to their conditions. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 2018 The work develops slowly, but there’s a clear journey for the listener who chooses to hone in on its shifts. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Two Chicago pianists perform a pair of rarely heard masterpieces by Morton Feldman," 12 July 2018 Kansas is one of several sites chosen for a federal pilot program that will help determine whether federal regulations could be eased to boost use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, in rural areas. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Overland Park company to experiment with drones in federal pilot," 12 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'choose.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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More Definitions for choose

choose

verb

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 \
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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