choose

verb
\ ˈchüz How to pronounce choose (audio) \
chose\ ˈchōz How to pronounce chose (audio) \; chosen\ ˈchō-​zᵊn How to pronounce chosen (audio) \; choosing\ ˈchü-​ziŋ How to pronounce choosing (audio) \

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 How to pronounce chooser (audio) \ 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

When to Vote During American Idol The first round of public American Idol voting begins on Sunday, April 14, when fans will help choose which 10 contestants move on to the live shows the following week. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Vote for Your Favorite Contestant on 'American Idol'," 14 Apr. 2019 Getty Images Meghan Markle is expected to give birth any day now. The Duke and Duchess are choosing not to show their baby to the world at the hospital, instead exiting privately. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Why Baby Sussex Won't Make a Hospital Appearance Like George, Charlotte, and Louis," 11 Apr. 2019 Some women, just like some men, choose to take time off work to care for children or other relatives, and some find this care deeply rewarding. Anna North, Vox, "You’ve heard that women make 80 cents to men’s dollar. It’s much worse than that.," 2 Apr. 2019 Spring has officially sprung in most parts of the country, but Tarte has chosen to keep things chill a little bit longer with its latest launch: the Icy Betch Eye and Cheek Palette. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Tarte Just Launched Its Limited-Edition Icy Betch Eye & Cheek Palette," 28 Mar. 2019 Understanding these distinctions may feel superfluous at first, but choosing the wrong option can lead to an undesired look (with a high price tag). Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 Democracy suffers when politicians choose their voters. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Gerrymander Mulligan," 25 Mar. 2019 When choosing what type of cookware is right for you, the first question to ask is whether or not to go for pieces with a nonstick finish. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Ceramic Cookware Sets to Buy in 2019, According to Kitchen Product Experts," 1 Mar. 2019 All expecting parents have a litany of pros and cons to weigh when choosing a hospital or doctor, but with a royal pregnancy comes a slew of additional concerns. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle May Not Give Birth at the Lindo Wing, the Royal Family's Favorite Maternity Ward," 3 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce choose (audio) \
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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