choose

verb

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

transitive verb

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

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
chooser noun

Example Sentences

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, (1953) 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web To add words to your personal dictionary—which will affect the predictions and autocorrections from your keyboard—choose Dictionary instead of Text correction on the previous screen. WIRED, 27 Nov. 2022 After all, any logical person will choose the best offer with the easiest acquisition process. cleveland, 27 Nov. 2022 The recipient could choose to frame the piece, tape it to the fridge, or stick it in an album. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2022 The recipient could choose to frame the piece, tape it to the fridge, or stick it in an album. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2022 The recipient could choose to frame the piece, tape it to the fridge, or stick it in an album. Amy Dickinson, Chicago Tribune, 26 Nov. 2022 The recipient could choose to frame the piece, tape it to the fridge, or stick it in an album. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 26 Nov. 2022 The city council can choose to authorize dispensaries in Mobile, but regulation would be left, for the most part, to the commission. Margaret Kates | Mkates@al.com, al, 25 Nov. 2022 And given a choice between progress and conservation, thoughtful people looking for a moral politics will, unsurprisingly, almost always choose progress. Hyrum Lewis, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English chosen, from Old English cēosan; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose, Latin gustare to taste

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of choose was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Choose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choose. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

choose

verb

chose ˈchōz How to pronounce choose (audio) ; chosen ˈchōz-ᵊn How to pronounce choose (audio) ; choosing ˈchü-ziŋ How to pronounce choose (audio)
1
: to select freely and after consideration
choose a leader
2
: to make a choice : decide
chose to go by train
3
: to see fit
take them if you choose
chooser noun

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