Definition of choose
2a : to have a preference for choose one car over anotherb : decide chose to go by train
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
chooserplay \ˈchü-zər\ 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 Charters, 1987
… 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.
Recent Examples of choose from the Web
Corbyn’s pledge to abolish tuition fees helped him get the youth vote out at the general election: Turnout for 18-24 year-olds rose by 16 points, and 62 percent of voters in that age group chose Labour, according to Ipsos-Mori.
The event is free, but those who choose to order breakfast are responsible for the cost.
World Vision — one of the charities Abbate chose — estimates 5 million Syrian refugees are now living in exile since the start of Syria's civil war six years ago, and more than 6 million more are displaced within Syria.
Little wizards can choose experiments from making sculpted magic wands to bouncy dragon eggs.
Yes, those were the settings—but for all the readers knew, the camera chose them, not the person.
Ebony chose her cousin, who could watch the kids and loan Ebony her truck to escape for a few hours.
Later, in high school, they were chosen for a University of Chicago study and subjected to all kinds of physical and mental exams, Emily said.
Those nominated by the commission, but not chosen by the governor remain on the list, if additional vacancies occur within two years.
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Origin and Etymology of choose
Middle English chosen, from Old English cēosan; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose, Latin gustare to taste
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
CHOOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of choose for English Language Learners
: to decide that a particular person or thing is the one that you want
: to make a choice about what to do
CHOOSE Defined for Kids
Definition of choose for Students
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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