Definition of chose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense 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


\ ˈshōz How to pronounce chose (audio) \

Definition of chose (Entry 2 of 2)

: a piece of personal property : thing

Examples of chose in a Sentence

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But the couple had chose to decorate the home in Van Gogh's style in an effort to calm their 25-year-old son, who is autistic and adores van Gogh, the Associated Press reports. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Owners of 'Starry Night' home in Florida allowed to keep paint job as-is," 19 July 2018 This isn’t the first time that Blake has paired two similar styles together for one powerful ensemble; back in August, the 31-year-old chose to rock two velvet blazers, layered on top of one another for a uniquely chic vibe. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Wears Sequined Dress and Matching Thigh-High Boots at Chanel Métiers d'Art Show," 9 Dec. 2018 The simple, dark dress seemed to have been chose in part to show off the red poppy of remembrance that was pinned to it. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore an Olive Green Shirtdress to the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony," 27 Oct. 2018 In 2016, however, there was a by-election to replace a Liberal Democrat peer, which meant that an electorate of three chose from among seven candidates. The Economist, "Peers fight for a place in the House of Lords," 21 June 2018 The project Jersey Mike's chose to support, however, is. Brian Lisik/special To,, "Jersey Mike's teams with Brunswick High School on stadium project," 1 May 2018 Prospective buyers had 8,781 properties from which to chose during May, which is down 17 percent from May 2016 and up 1.2 percent from April. Mary Shanklin,, "Almost a third of Orlando homes sell within a week, Realtors find," 16 June 2017 Messer made sure to let viewers know the nation's top uncommitted prospect for the 2018 class had chose to stay in state rather than go to Kansas or Vanderbilt. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "A lack of Hoosier hospitality and 7 other takeaways from Indiana's final GOP Senate debate," 30 Apr. 2018 And the attorney general could announce it in any way the attorney general chose. Time Staff, Time, "Read the Full Transcript From James Comey's ABC Interview," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of chose


1670, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chose


French, from Latin causa cause, reason

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past tense of choose


\ ˈshōz How to pronounce chose (audio) \

Legal Definition of chose

: a piece of personal property
chose in action
: a right to something (as payment of a debt or damages for injury) that can be recovered in a lawsuit also : a document (as a check or stock certificate) embodying such a right
chose in possession
: something that is in one's actual possession or can be possessed

History and Etymology for chose

Anglo-French, literally, thing, from Old French, from Latin causa legal case, reason, cause

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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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