- a past participle of choose.
- selected from several; preferred: my chosen profession.
- Theology. elect(def 9).
- Japanese name of Korea.
- to select from a number of possibilities; pick by preference: She chose Sunday for her departure.
- to prefer or decide (to do something): He chose to run for election.
- to want; desire: I choose moving to the city.
- (especially in children's games) to contend with (an opponent) to decide, as by odd or even, who will do something: I'll choose you to see who gets to bat first.
- to make a choice, or select from two or more possibilities: Accepted by several colleges, the boy chose carefully.
- to be inclined: You may stay here, if you choose.
- (especially in children's games) to decide, as by means of odd or even, who will do something: Let's choose to see who bats first.
- choose up,
- to select (players) for a contest or game: The kids chose up sides for the game.
- to select players for a contest or game: We have to choose up before we can play.
- cannot choose but, cannot do otherwise than; is or are obliged to: He cannot choose but obey.
Origin of choose
Examples from the Web for chosen
Giorgio read aloud what they had chosen as their class motto.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
The parents had chosen to give birth at home, with a certified professional midwife attending.Are Water Births Toxic to Babies?
December 12, 2014
Their products are chosen by online votes which brings home a kind of warm and fuzzy “we all did this!”One of a Kind Gifts Are Only a Neighbor Away
December 8, 2014
Nonetheless, Washington has chosen to allow Chinese predatory behavior to continue.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable
Gordon G. Chang
December 3, 2014
It should be noted that LA tap water, rather than NYC's famed brand, was chosen for the test.The Bottled Water Taste Test
The Daily Beast Video
December 1, 2014
It was terrible to be chosen in this way to be the arbiter of Destiny.Viviette
William J. Locke
After all she was about to begin the work she herself had chosen.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
But she bore trouble in her own bosom, and could find no peace in this chosen land.Biographical Sketches
"Because we have chosen what is bad, and do not know how ugly it is—that is why," answered her father.Weighed and Wanting
Surely, so far, the things for which both he and I were chosen were parallel.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- the past participle of choose
- selected or picked out, esp for some special quality
- the official name for Korea when it was a Japanese province (1910–45)
- to select (a person, thing, course of action, etc) from a number of alternatives
- (tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to consider it desirable or properI don't choose to read that book
- (intr) to like; pleaseyou may stand if you choose
- cannot choose but to be obliged towe cannot choose but vote for him
- nothing to choose between or little to choose between (of two people or objects) almost equal
Word Origin and History for chosen
"the elect, the select," especially those selected by God, c.1200, from past participle of choose (v.). Chosen people for "the Jews" is recorded from 1530s.
Old English ceosan "choose, seek out, select; decide, test, taste, try; accept, approve" (class II strong verb; past tense ceas, past participle coren), from Proto-Germanic *keus- (cf. Old Frisian kiasa, Old Saxon kiosan, Dutch kiezen, Old High German kiosan, German kiesen, Old Norse kjosa, Gothic kiusan "choose," Gothic kausjan "to taste, test"), from PIE root *geus- "to taste, relish" (see gusto). Only remotely related to choice. Variant spelling chuse is Middle English, very frequent 16c.-18c. The irregular past participle leveled out to chosen by 1200.