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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Recent Examples on the Web

Which is why today's announcement that Mattel and Warner Bros. Pictures have chosen the Australian actress Margot Robbie to portray Barbie in their upcoming live-action movie has social media buzzing. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Will Margot Robbie's Starring Role as Barbie Reinforce Old Stereotypes—or Defy Them?," 9 Jan. 2019 From that small universe, curators Christina Hellmich of the De Young and Line Clausen Pedersen of the Glyptotek have chosen 85 works that present—almost—a mini-survey of Gauguin’s career. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey’ Review: Tracing a Painter’s Soul," 6 Jan. 2019 Matching herself to the icy winter months ahead, Kylie has chosen a surprising pop of cool, pastel blue in time for January. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Hair Is Now Super Short and Bright Blue," 31 Dec. 2018 The real reason Meghan and Harry have chosen to move to Frogmore Cottage in 2019 is to give their baby space to grow up out of the spotlight. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Prince Harry's Relationship with Prince William Is Changing Amid the Kensington Palace Split," 22 Dec. 2018 In recent years, many wine lovers have chosen to forgo the specialty glass debate altogether and treat champagne like its base spirit—white wine. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne," 21 Dec. 2018 And now, former Today anchor Tamron Hall has also chosen to speak out about how much KLG has meant to her. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tamron Hall Finally Speaks Out About Kathie Lee Gifford Leaving the ‘Today’ Show," 17 Dec. 2018 And despite the fact that Waymo began testing fully driverless vehicles more than a year ago, Waymo has chosen to put safety drivers behind the wheel of its cars for the commercial rollout. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Reebok Aztrek, $90 For her own tracksuit look, Cardi has chosen the classic Aztrek sneaker silhouette in white, red, and black. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Cardi B Partnered With Reebok—Here Are 6 Ways to Get Her Throwback '90s Look," 9 Nov. 2018

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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

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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