\ 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 butwhen 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

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 Wine lovers now have more to choose from than the regular white, red or rosé options found at the liquor store, thanks to an ancient technique gaining new popularity. CBS News, "What is orange wine? Ancient drink gains new popularity," 16 May 2020 To honor their oaths as physicians and their religious duty to serve, the two doctors chose the latter. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Two Sikh doctors shaved their beards, a pillar of their religion, to treat Covid-19 patients. But community groups say there are alternatives," 16 May 2020 As Ackerman explains, greater anis form genetically unrelated co-parenting groups that stay together for a decade or more; choosing a nest site and building the nest are cooperative efforts. Jenny Odell, The Atlantic, "Why Birds Do What They Do," 16 May 2020 The Clinton administration's stance on Rwanda and Sudan, as well as the Obama counterpart's approach to Iran, Israel, and Syria, will be scrutinized if she's chosen. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Susan Rice's vice presidential hopes hamstrung by Benghazi and 'unmasking' controversy," 16 May 2020 The party sued in both state and federal courts, saying that if the state chose to break election laws, the party would ask the federal courts to step in. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Coronavirus-related mail voting is off again in Texas, as state Supreme Court weighs in," 16 May 2020 Alibaba originally listed in New York in 2014, but chose to do a secondary listing in Hong Kong after Li spearheaded efforts to reform HKEX so companies with dual-class share structures could list on the exchange. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Hong Kong Stock Exchange CEO sees city as intermediary in renewed U.S.-China feud," 15 May 2020 Because plasma is in short supply, the Cleveland Clinic needs to be selective in choosing which patients will receive the treatment, Mucha said. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Could plasma help treat the coronavirus? Doctors need recovered patients’ blood to find out," 15 May 2020 There are a few different purchasing options to choose from, including the five-piece set that comes with two chairs, two ottomans, and a table; the loveseat, or the coffee table. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Backyard Must-Haves from Bed Bath & Beyond's Outdoor Sale," 15 May 2020

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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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19 May 2020

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“Choose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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 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.

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.

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