verb \ ˈchüz \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of choose

chose play \ˈchōz\; chosen play \ˈchō-zᵊn\; choosing play \ˈchü-ziŋ\
1 a : to select freely and after consideration
  • choose a career
b : to decide on especially by vote : elect
  • chose her as captain
2 a : to have a preference for
  • choose one car over another
b : 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


play \ˈchü-zər\ noun

Examples of choose in a Sentence

  1. Each year thousands of college students choose volunteer-service trips over beach bumming during their spring breaks and summer vacations. —Edward M. KennedyTime22 Sept. 2008
  2. 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
  3. … 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 StyronThis Quiet Dust and Other Writings(l953) 1982
  4. 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'ConnorThe Habit of Being1979
  5. The political party chose a leader.

  6. They chose her as the team captain.

  7. We've chosen a different time to go.

  8. He was chosen because he's qualified for the job.

  9. She was chosen from a long list of people.

  10. He chose his words carefully.

  11. Which shirt would you choose?

  12. How do I choose when there's so much available?

  13. Let everyone choose for themselves.

  14. You can choose from among a number of alternatives.

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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

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


verb \ ˈchüz \

Definition of choose for Students

chose \ˈchōz\; chosen \ˈchō-zᵊn\; choosing
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.

Synonym Discussion of 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.

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