\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

The category Dantas chose to analyze includes the granddaddy of all antibiotic drugs: penicillin. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 Why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are choosing to relocate outside the palace is still a mystery, but the Internet has drummed up several theories. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "So About Those Rumors That Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Are Feuding…," 26 Nov. 2018 Amazon even cited access to airports as one of the factors in their choosing New York City as a site for a new headquarters in the borough of Queens, home to JFK and LGA. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018 As soon as a Wall Street Journal story from earlier today suggested Amazon was thinking of splitting HQ2, some analysts speculated the company would choose New York City and D.C. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 winner appears to be both New York and Crystal City, Virginia," 6 Nov. 2018 But after SandyRedd and Cody Ray went up against each other in the Battle Rounds, fans were upset Clarkson chose to save him over SandyRedd. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "'The Voice’ Contestant Cody Ray Raymond’s Shocking Exit Sparks Outrage Among Fans," 30 Oct. 2018 The actress, newly engaged to Nick Jonas, held a dream bridal shower with her closest friends over the weekend, choosing Tiffany’s in Midtown Manhattan as her venue for the exciting occasion on Sunday. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Threw a Gorgeous Bridal Shower With Her Closest Friends at Tiffany's in NYC," 29 Oct. 2018 When choosing a Halloween costume, nothing provides more inspiration than you're fave TV show or movie. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Lara Jean Covey from “To All the Boys I've Loved Before” is Bringing Asian-American Representation to Halloween," 29 Oct. 2018 Pick and choose your faves, or snap up the entire collection for a sweet $75. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Karrueche Tran’s New ColourPop Brown Sugar Collab Celebrates the Beauty of Being Brown," 26 Oct. 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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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


\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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