\ 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

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 Councilors could also choose to set a special election for the voter referendum within 120 days., "Newton’s City Council could vote Monday on Northland Investment Corp.’s proposed mixed-use development in Upper Falls — a project that has been touted for its inclusion of new housing and commercial space, but also criticized for its size and potential impacts on nearby neighborhoods.," 29 Nov. 2019 Parents choose different dates to bring back their elves depending on their own holiday traditions and creative endurance. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "Elf on the Shelf returns! Here are 5 easy arrival ideas to bring your elves back," 28 Nov. 2019 Leader Tristan Thompson chose his words carefully when asked about Cleveland’s destructive mistakes. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "John Beilein frustrated with repeated travel calls against Cleveland Cavaliers: 'It’s not fair’," 28 Nov. 2019 Season 3 of The Crown chose not to prominently feature Princess Margaret's children, but the queen's sister indeed welcomed a son and a daughter with her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon's Children Have Families of Their Own," 28 Nov. 2019 Families that come into Interfaith for this program can choose between the Adopt A Family program or the Toy Drive. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "WV Interfaith Holiday GIVING program," 27 Nov. 2019 In many cases in Maryland, police have chosen not to submit kits for testing. Alison Knezevich,, "Millions in state, federal money ready to help Maryland police departments test rape kits, some years old," 27 Nov. 2019 But those bowls can also choose a Pac-12 team with a 4-5 conference record. oregonlive, "Pac-12 bowl update: If Oregon State makes postseason, Vegas and Cheez-It bowls are out," 27 Nov. 2019 The Lions have chosen to pass in several offseason mechanisms already, including the End-of-Year Waiver Draft and the first stage of the Re-Entry Draft. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Óscar Pareja to Orlando City talk heats up after he parts ways with Liga MX club," 26 Nov. 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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2 Dec 2019

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“Choose.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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.

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