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
Brooks said plaque donors have chosen various reasons to participate and some turn the unveiling into a reason to gather and celebrate.
Mr. Barker’s plays are a fixture at Potomac, which appears to have chosen this one for its resonance at a moment, in the United States and the playwright’s native Britain, when the populace is intensely — and, yes, pitilessly — polarized.
Nolan, an Irish name the birth mom chose from a short list Cait and Pete had devised, weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was just over 21 inches long.
Drew chose to pop the question mid-song during the appropriate tune, Unanswered Prayers.
Congress could also choose to leave the Affordable Care Act untouched, though that would be reneging a commitment Republicans have made to their voters for the past seven years to get rid of the health care law.
Because Richland chose to not do spring, the Rebels will get two scrimmages.
In a clear embrace of their new religious context, the colonists chose to translate the hymnal from its original Hebrew text instead of reprinting an English edition.
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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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